Swimmers unhappy they’re not allowed back into the pools

Gyms, snooker centres and indoor sports venues like futsal and badminton courts can reopen from next Monday. However, all swimming pools, even those at residential condominiums, remain off limits. And those in the swimming industry can’t help but feel let down by the situation. The Youth and Sports Ministry have only given an exemption to swimmer Welson Sim to train at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil as he is under the Road to Tokyo programme. He will have Sebastian Soon and Khiew Hoe Yean for company and sparring.…

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Who will take Alex’s throne?

Forget about winning an Olympic or a Commonwealth Games medal. Former Malaysian swimmer Alex Lim Keng Liat will be happy just to have someone step up and break his long-standing national records in the 100m and 200m backstroke events.To this day, Keng Liat remains one of the most successful swimmers Malaysia has produced. He reached the top 16 semi-finals at the 2004 Athens Olympics, was a finalist at the World Championships in Barcelona in 2003, a Commonwealth Games double medallist in Manchester in 2002 and rocked Bangkok in 1998 with…

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Yiwei undergoes Covid-19 test before doctors operate on diver

NATIONAL diver Chew Yiwei could not have asked for the worst time to come down with appendicitis. While the national diving team were sitting at home in despair due to the Movement Control Order (MCO), the 24-year-old suffered the illness last week. A usually simple procedure turned out to be three days of anguish and pain for Yiwei as he had to undergo a Covid-19 test first before the doctors could operate on him at the Shah Alam Hospital. That is because all surgical patients had to undergo the Covid…

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No pool training leaves Yiwei in deep water

For divers, it becomes a big problem when they are not doing pool training for long periods. And national diver Chew Yiwei, who has not trained in a pool for six weeks, is feeling worried. The Selangor-born fears he might lose his touch and subsequently affect his chances of qualifying for next year’s Tokyo Olympics when he competes in the World Cup in June. The aquatics team are in a fix as they will only be able to report for training in Bukit Jalil after the Movement Control Order is…

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Money is not everything for divers Mun Yee and Pandelela

Мalaysian divers Pandelela Rinong and Leong Mun Yee will give up a chance to earn additional prize money for the sake of Olympic glory. Pandelela-Mun Yee, who compete in the women’s 10m platform synchro event, will skip the remaining two legs of the Diving World Series in Kazan, Russia from March 20-22 and in London from March 27-29 to prepare for the Diving World Cup in Tokyo from April 21-26. Pandelela partnered Mun Yee to take silver in the first leg in Montreal last Friday. She also claimed a bronze…

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Olympic swimming champion Sun Yang handed eight-year ban

China’s top swimmer Sun Yang has vowed to appeal after being handed an eight-year ban on Friday for a dope test violation that would rule him out of the Tokyo Games. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) earlier accepted an appeal from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against a decision by swimming body FINA to clear Sun of wrongdoing for his conduct during the 2018 test. CAS said the eight-year ban was imposed because Sun already had an earlier anti-doping rule violation against him from 2014. “This is unfair.…

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Virus takes toll on divers

Malaysian divers gearing up for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are facing uncertain times, no thanks to the Covid-19 outbreak. Pandelela Rinong-Leong Mun Yee now have one fewer competition to look forward to as Fina, the governing body for aquatics, have cancelled the Chinese leg of the Diving World Series in Beijing from March 7-9. Pandelela-Mun Yee are the only Malaysians to qualify for the prestigious series after their silver medal feat in the women’s 10m platform synchro event at the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, last year. Participation…

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Diver wants to qualify for second event in Olympics

Wendy Ng Yan Yee (pic) has to give up on celebrating Chinese New Year with her family this week but she does not mind making the sacrifice. The 26-year-old diver has a bigger goal to chase down. The celebrations can come after she qualifies for a second event in her third straight Olympics in Tokyo later in August. Wendy left for a three-week training camp in Chengdu, China, last week and will only return home next month. She has already qualified for the women’s 3m springboard individual by virtue of…

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Welson gets second shot to make Melbourne stint count

Swimmer Welson Sim (pic) has been given a second chance to train on his own in Melbourne, Australia, in his bid to secure a ticket for the Tokyo Olympic Games. National swimming coach Chris Martin said Welson returned to Melbourne last weekend where he will be training at the Vicente Swimming Club under coach Craig Jackson. The Australian coach also trains reigning 400m freestyle Olympic champion Mack Horton. Welson’s stint in Melbourne is made possible with financial backing from the Sarawak State Sports Council and the Amateur Swimming Association of…

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Surprise, surprise!

SWIMMER Phee Jinq En finished third in the 200m breaststroke final. And she was all smiles.After all, the event was just a warm-up for her and she had done exceptionally well in it before the real task of delivering gold begins tonight. The 22-year-old showed she is in good form heading into her sprint events with the bronze at the New Clark City Aquatic Centre last night. She was fifth going into the final lap and a last-gasp push saw her touching home in 2:32.38. The 19-year-old Christie Chue of…

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