Hopes of staging postponed swim meet appear to be sinking

PETALING JAYA: It’s going to be another dry run for the national swimmers because of the spike in Covid-19 cases.

Already bereft of competition because of the virus pandemic, any hopes of staging the already postponed National Sport’s Day swimming competition this weekend at Bukit Jalil have sunk with the conditional movement control order imposed on Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya.

Malaysia Swimming (Mas) secretary Mae Chen hopes to get the event running in November.

“We wanted to hold the national meet in early October but then the Youth and Sports Ministry laid down stricter regulations so we had to postpone the event as Covid-19 cases started to go up again, ” said Mae.

“We are not cancelling it just yet as we are working hard to get things in order and find a suitable date.”

November will be the best option with the President’s Cup scheduled for December but there is no certainty given the current uncertain situation.

The national age-group meet in early March is the only swimming competition that has taken place this year.

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