Swimming: Ipoh is the platform for divers to prepare for the SEA Games
KUALA LUMPUR: National divers will attend a six-day training camp at the Tuanku Zara Aquatic Center in Ipoh, Perak, as they prepare to compete in the Vietnam SEA Games from May 12-23.
Apart from training, Malaysia Swimming (MS) Secretary Mae Chen said the 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.
Training begins April 19.
“National divers will compete with state divers nationwide in the competition. It is a good platform to get them back into the competition mood, in addition to helping state divers to getting ready for the Malaysia (Sukma) Games soon,” she said.
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 and be considered for the men’s 10-man synchronized 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 we have to remember that we have strong competition from Singapore in the men’s flat event. -synchronized form at 10m,” 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.
Meanwhile, she said Li Rui’s second assistant coach, Li Junbao from 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 added. — Bernama