Invest more in training infrastructures, says national diving coach
Posted on August 16, 2012, Thursday
KUCHING: National diving coach Yu Zhuliang is optimistic that Malaysia can win the elusive gold medal in diving at the next 2016 Olympics provided that the country is ready to invest further on the development of the sport.
Speaking to The Borneo Post yesterday, Yu added that the current infrastructure such as the one in Bukit Jalil Sports School (SSBJ) is too small as compared to those available in other countries.
He too added that the SSBJ diving facilities are currently not at the optimum level.
Yu pointed out that the secret behind China’s dominance and success during the London Olympics was that the country has better and more state-of-the-art diving facilities.
For the record, Yu is from China.
Malaysia’s latest success in the Olympic Games is the historical bronze medal won by Pandalela Rinong through the 10M individual diving event.
Under Yu’s tutelage and guidance, Malaysia has become a respected country in women’s diving along with traditional giants China and Australia who won gold and silver respectively in London.
“Malaysia has a very bright prospect in winning the gold medal in the coming Olympics.
“The only thing is that we need good infrastructure and more diving facilities here,” he added.
Yu on the other hand described Pandelela as a very obedient and highly disciplined athlete. She is committed to the best for herself in the sport and country.
“I have promised to shape her into a world class athlete provided
she follows all my instructions, in which she did. I am very proud and satisfied of her performance in London,” he commented.
On a lighter note, Yu revealed that Pandelela would start training at 8.30am everyday. She then takes a break by 12.30 in the afternoon and resumes training from 2pm to 7.30pm.
He added that apart from Pandalela, he is also satisfied with the performances of the other national athletes such as Yeoh Ken Nee, Huang Qiang, Leong Mun Yee, Cheong Jun Hoong, Wendy Ng and Sarawakians duo Bryan Nickson Lomas and Traisy Vivien Tukiet in London although they did not win any medals there.
All the national divers are scheduled to compete at the Asia Championship diving meet at Dubai this November.