PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Swimming (MS) are keeping their fingers crossed that they can proceed with the Malaysian Open in May this year.
MS secretary Mae Chen said they have proposed May 20-23 for the Malaysian Open to take place at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil but nothing is certain in the current situation.
“The national swimmers badly need a competition as they have not had one for the past one year because of the Covid-19 situation.
“We are seeking the advice of the Sports Commissioner’s Office and Youth and Sports Ministry in regard to whether it is possible to proceed with the Malaysian Open in May.
“This may be the only chance for our swimmers to swim here before the Olympics.
“It will be an Olympic qualifying event and we’re hoping that it goes ahead as planned.
“If we are not able to do it, we may need to look into sending our swimmers to competitions in Europe, ” she said.
The swimmers were dealt a blow with MS having to cancel the National Age-Group Championships scheduled for next weekend.
This was due to the current movement control order (MCO) that has been extended to March 4.
It was the second cancellation after last month’s Milo Age-Group Swimming Championships.