PETALING JAYA: Count me out!
Diver Bryan Nickson Lomas has poured cold water to suggestions that he should come out of retirement for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The return of the former world junior champion would be the ideal solution to the depleted men’s team, who are left with only three members.
But Bryan has no intention of making a comeback as he wants to complete his Sport Science degree at Universiti Malaya.
The 24-year-old Sarawakian is expected to graduate in October next year.
“Asum (Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia) have not asked me to reconsider my retirement and I have no plans to return to the national team,” said Bryan, who last represented Malaysia at the 2012 London Olympics.
“I’m now in my final year. What matters to me is to do well in my studies and make sure I graduate next year.
“Rio 2016 is definitely out of the picture. My fitness level has dropped a lot since I quit (in May last year) and it’s almost impossible for me to get back into shape in time.”
Bryan first rose to prominence in 2004 when he became the first Malaysian to win a gold medal at the world junior championships in the springboard event.
He then made his maiden appearance in the Athens Olympic that year as the youngest athlete in the Games. He went on to feature in two more Olympic Games – in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
Bryan also delivered a gold medal in every SEA Games he had taken part in – beginning with Manila 2005.
The men’s diving squad is now left with only three members – Ooi Tze Liang, Chew Yiwei and Ahmad Amsyar Azman – after 16-year-old Muhd Nazreen Abdullah, a SEA Games double gold medallist, quit due to a nagging shoulder injury.
Mohd Danial Sabri is also sidelined for an indefinite period due to an ear ailment.