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Podium Programme Divers Could Face Expulsion - Newenham

Tim Newenham.Tim Newenham.

KUALA LUMPUR – The national divers under the Podium Programme who were linked to a recent disciplinary issue in China could face heavy punishment, including being dropped from the programme if found guilty of breaching the rules.

Podium Programme director, Tim Newenham said wrongdoing by athletes would not be tolerated either within or outside Malaysia as they represented the image of the country.

“The Asum (Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia) disciplinary committee will meet and decide on whatever action that could be taken against the athletes involved in the leaked video.

“It’s up to the committee to decide on the punishment and see what their recommendations are for us to take proper action against them,” he told reporters here today.

Sharing similar sentiments is Asum secretary-general, Mae Chen who revealed the committee would mete out the punishment before the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games in August.

Earlier, the national diving squad led by Chew Yiwei made a public apology in today’s press conference over the disorderly behavior and were ready to face any punishment from Asum.

He and six other divers reportedly consumed alcohol while undergoing intensive training in China and the incident was leaked in the social media.

Asum confirmed that three Podium Programme divers – Yiwei, Pandelela Rinong and Nur Dhabitah Sabri, besides four juniors under the National Sports Council (NSC) programme – Hanis  Nazirul Jaya Surya, Jellson Jabillin, Gabriel Gilbert Daim and Kimberly Bong were involved in the incident.