Jonathan Chan is the primary Singaporean diver to qualify for an Olympic Video games. Nationwide head coach Li Peng is hoping he is not going to be alone come July.
At an open coaching session earlier than seven divers depart for the Fina Diving World Cup in Tokyo from Might 1-6, Li mentioned he believes “one or two” others may be part of Chan in securing their berth for the July 23-Aug 8 Video games.
The divers would be the second group of Crew Singapore athletes to compete within the Japanese capital this yr, after desk tennis gamers Feng Tianwei, Yu Mengyu and Lin Ye featured within the T League.
“From the 2019 SEA Video games up until now, we had almost 15 months (with out) a global competitors,” Li famous at a media session on the OCBC Aquatic Centre yesterday. “It was fairly boring, however I believe it is good for our divers too as a result of there may be loads of time to organize for (the World Cup)… we’re prepared for this competitors.”
The biennial World Cup, initially slated for final April, was postponed owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier this month, with Japan within the grip of a fourth wave of Covid-19, world governing physique Fina introduced the scrapping of the occasion. Every week later, the match was rescheduled as a substitute.
Mark Lee, who shall be competing within the 3m springboard occasion, mentioned that the uncertainty over whether or not the World Cup, the final Olympic qualifier, would happen “threw us off our sport a bit”.
However he added that the divers have taken the twists and turns of their stride, and have been making ready to get battle-ready by way of mock competitions.
“We have been simulating competitions on Thursday mornings for just a few weeks, as a result of that is when the competitions shall be in Japan too,” mentioned Lee, 26.
“Coach would learn out our names, hand out bibs, after which give us a rating.”
Whilst they attempt to reacquaint themselves with the rigours of competitors, the divers know that the World Cup shall be like nothing they’ve skilled.
Lee’s twin brother Timothy, who will be part of him within the males’s 3m springboard occasion, is trying ahead to seeing how organisers will preserve athletes and officers protected.
Admitting that he had considerations, he defined: “Diving is a sport the place you queue to your flip. It isn’t like working the place every workforce can have a sure a part of the monitor or one thing like that…
“Everybody makes use of the identical frequent space, and we dive into the identical pool.
“So I assume there’s a little little bit of concern the place if one individual will get (a constructive Covid-19 take a look at) what does that imply for everybody else who trains in the identical group?”
Freida Lim, 23, who will compete within the 10m platform occasion, added: “There’s actually not a lot of a approach to social distance and put on a masks whereas coaching, and we’ll be break up up in coaching teams. So, it doesn’t matter what, we’ll be with just a few different nations and that is what I am slightly bit involved about.
“However I am very grateful to have a chance to journey and compete, regardless that we will not stroll round and sightsee.”
Kristel Wang, workforce supervisor of the 12-strong Singapore contingent on the World Cup, mentioned that just one member – 14-year-old Max Lee – isn’t vaccinated but, as he’s too younger.
However the Singapore Swimming Affiliation has gone to nice lengths to maintain the athletes and officers protected on the 28-nation meet. It has made a request to nationwide service Singapore Airways to seat the contingent in a separate space from different passengers.
They can even journey to and from Japan sporting full private protecting gear as an added precaution.
All through the journey, added Wang, every member must bear a minimal of 5 swab exams as a part of necessities set by Fina.
When requested if she nonetheless had lingering considerations, she mentioned: “Now we have to belief Fina and the Tokyo organising committee.
“We do consider they’re doing what is critical, in any other case they’d not have cancelled the occasion the primary time spherical.”