KUALA LUMPUR, March 18 – National divers will undergo a six-day training camp at the Tuanku Zara Aquatic Center in Ipoh, Perak, from April 19, as they prepare to compete in the SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam , from May 12 to 23.
Apart from training, Malaysia Swimming (MS) General Secretary Mae Chen said the national divers will have a chance to prove their mettle as they are to compete in a two-day competition on April 22-23 at the same venue.
“National divers will be competing with state divers nationwide in the competition. It’s a good platform to get them back into the competition mood in addition to helping state divers get preparing for the Malaysia (Sukma) Games soon,” she told Bernama when contacted today.
Mae said the competition will also serve as a litmus test for young duo Enrique MacCartney Harold, 20, and Bertrand Rhodict, 19, to impress coaches by selecting them for the men’s synchronized 10-meter platform event ( m) in Hanoi.
However, she said a daunting task awaits Enrique and Bertrand as they are expected to battle against 2017 SEA Games champions Hanis Nazirul Jaya Surya and Jellson Jabillin.
“It’s basically testing Enrique and Bertrand to find out whether or not they’re ready to compete in their very first SEA Games, because don’t forget we have strong competition from Singapore in the platform event. men’s 10m synchro,” she added.
At the last SEA Games in Manila, Philippines, the national diving team won all four gold medals in addition to winning two other silver medals donated by the hosts.
Separately, Mae informed that former national diver Datuk Leong Mun Yee will officially start her new role as national assistant coach on April 1.
“The National Sports Council (NSC) had already sent the nomination letter to Mun Yee recently,” she said.
Mae told Bernama last month that if NSC handed out the contract, Mun Yee would be in charge of training people under the Podium program.
Meanwhile, she said, Li Rui’s second assistant coach, Li Jun Bao of China, had to postpone his arrival yesterday, following a “hiccup” in the flight arrangements and documentation process.
“I had to settle this issue with the travel agency to bring it to Malaysia and I hope it arrives as soon as possible,” she said. — Bernama