PETALING JAYA: After more than a week of waiting, it’s finally the time for the swimming fraternity to rejoice. Those in training programmes and attending swimming classes have been given the thumbs-up to jump into the pool.
The government has allowed the reopening of swimming pools for training from June 25, subject to strict standard operating procedures (SOP).
Swimming and pool activities had initially been barred when the green light was given on June 7 to several other sports to resume from last Monday.
Now that the wait has ended, there’s plenty of work ahead. Former SEA Games gold medallist Kevin Yeap (pic), who is now the Perak swimming coach, said there was a lot of catching up to do.“It’s very good news and we have been waiting since most other sports were allowed to resume training, ” said Kevin yesterday.
“An absence of three months is not good. You lose that feeling in the water and be out of shape so the government’s decision is a good one as we now can get into the pool to recapture the old form.”
“I have been conducting dry land training and although it helps the swimmers, it will be never the same as pool training. We need to gradually improve the volume of training after starting pool training.”
The government’s permission covers national, state as well as club and swimming academy athletes. However, the public and residential areas are still barred from using swimming pools.
Swimming pool operators, swimming clubs, and academies are required to register their reopening notifications with the Ministry of International Trade and Industry for the purpose of SOP compliance and monitoring by the Youth and Sports Ministry.
The permission, however, comes with conditions. There are 14 general protocols for individuals and 22 general protocols for the management of pools.
The protocols include wearing a mask before and after activity, social distancing for individuals, while the general protocols are on the sanitisation of pools and the premises.
Kevin said he was informed of the protocols but would have to study it further.
“I believe we won’t have any problems complying, ” he added.
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