All clear – and training begins at Bukit Jalil

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  • Thursday, 11 Jun 2020

Special pass: Welson Sim is allowed to use the swimming pool to train since he is under the Road To Tokyo programme.

PETALING JAYA: It’s all systems go for the swimmers, divers, gymnasts, karate exponents and para athletes to start training from today. The 132 athletes and officials who checked into camp at the National Sports Complex on Monday have all tested negative for Covid-19.

The second swab test results for the Academy Badminton Malaysia (38 participants) and National Sailing Centre in Langkawi (24 participants) have all returned negative as well.

National Sports Council (NSC) director-general Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail said all participants can train at their respective bases now.

“Those in Bukit Jalil were just waiting for the swab test results for the last two days. Training can start but everyone must observe the strict SOPs in place.

“We still have 11 more participants whose results are still pending because they reported in later and were tested on Tuesday.”

Meanwhile, Shapawi hoped the swimming fraternity will remain patient and wait for the National Security Council to decide on the refined SOPs to be submitted by the Youth and Sports Ministry.

“The Health Ministry have not given the green light for swimming pool activities to resume as the safety of many, including children, is at risk.

“There is no concrete study that proves that the virus does not spread in swimming pools and we cannot take the risk.

“Swimming pools involve the public. There are swimming pools at apartments and condominiums (which are difficult to monitor).

“This could expose residents, including children, to the risk of being infected.

“We are guided by the Health Ministry and they decided that swimming pools should stay closed for the time being. But the Youth and Sports Ministry are engaging with the stakeholders now.

National swimmer Welson Sim and his two training partners Khiew Hoe Yean and Sebastian Soon are the only ones allowed to use the swimming pool, as Welson is under the Road To Tokyo programme.
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