MS to kickstart 2021 season with age-group championships

PETALING JAYA: Juniors starved of competitions will have something to look forward to at the start of the year with the Milo Age-Group swimming championships.

Malaysia Swimming (MS) are ready to kickstart the season with the inaugural competition at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil from Jan 15-17 following the nod from the National Security Council (MKN) to allow sports events to take place.

MS secretary Mae Chen said the proposed meet would involve swimmers in three age-groups (13-14,15-16,17 and over).

“The plan is to organise this competition next month and this will be the first to kick off the 2021 calendar, ” said Mae.

“I’m just hoping there will be no postponement and the Covid-19 situation will be under control.

“The swimmers have been training but without a competition to go to, so it’s not a good situation and we need to do something for them.

“It is likely that this competition will only be for West Malaysian swimmers as I think those from Sabah and Sarawak will not be able to make it because of the current quarantine requirement.

“We also want to get the juniors used to the idea of doing heats and finals.

“So it is likely that only the 13-14 age-group will be doing timed finals while the two other age-groups will go through heats and finals, ” said Mae, adding that the competition will run under strict standard operating procedures in place.

The juniors only got the chance to swim in the national age-group swimming championships in early March before the Covid-19 pandemic put a halt to all sports activities.

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