KUCHING, June 12: The 5th Power Aquatics Swimming Club (PASC) Inter-Primary School Swimming Competition and the 2nd Sarawak Short Course Sprint 2020 scheduled in June and August respectively this year are now postponed until further notice.
PASC in a statement today said the decision to postpone both events, scheduled to be held at the Pandelela Rinong Aquatic, was made after taking into consideration the risk it might pose to the health and safety of both participants and the public.
“The decision was also taken following a government’s directive that all public gatherings are still prohibited in view that the threat of Covid-19 is not fully over yet.
“We apologize for any inconvenience caused, but people’s health and safety are given priority. For any inquiry or discussion over the matter, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org,” the statement read.
On another note, PASC head coach Voon Yong Hui appealed to the government to allow swimming academies to resume classes.
Voon said that swimming is an essential sport which does not involve mass gathering nor does it essentially have any body contact.
“While we respect the government’s decision that swimming pools should still be closed to the public, we feel it is fair that at least they be opened for training classes.
“Those who go for training are usually those who already can swim quite well, and many of them are competitive swimmers. Therefore, it does not involve any body contact at all. Besides, it is easier to practice social distancing because of the small numbers of trainees,” he said.
Voon pointed that for swimmers, the longer the period of inactivity, the slower and harder for them to get back to their fighting shape.
“As such, it is imperative that swimming athletes resume training as soon as possible to prepare for competitions, especially for next year when most of postponed competitions will make a come back,” he added. –DayakDaily.