SEPANG – National diver Ahmad Amsyar Azman is not taking to heart, the myriad of criticisms hurled against his performance at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Instead, he wants to view the comments positively to continue moving forward in the discipline.
The 23-year-old from Perlis said he was now more motivated than ever to perform better in future outings.
“The comments they made, have only pushed me to work harder…I will take the criticisms positively as many are also looking up to me. This first Olympics experience is very meaningful to me.
“I will take it as a lesson to continue my march to seek success and bring honours to the country at the coming Games. After seeing what happened in the Olympics, I am learning to grow up with the sport and become more mature in my approach,” he said.
Ahmad Amsyar was earlier criticised by the people and media, including online news portal The Daily Mail Online of Britain for making a mistake at the final dive in the men’s 3m springboard event on Aug 16, resulting in his failure to qualify for the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, young diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri, 17, is determined to bring back a medal in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after finishing ninth in the women’s individual 10-metre platform event, ahead of national diving queen Pandelela Rinong who was placed 11th due to an injury.
“In Rio, there is nothing to stress about because when you are stressed, it will make diving difficult for you and because of that, I am smiling all time.
“Actually, I thought I could only make it to the semi-finals but I reached the finals with the encouragement of the coach (Yang Zhuliang).
“I feel after this, we need to participate in more championships to familiarise ourselves with competitions as we lack confidence in international meets. Thus, when we enter a game, we do not know how to maintain focus and be cool,” she noted.
The national diving squad is expected to continue training in China after a 10-day rest.
At the Rio Olympics, the squad contributed a silver medal through Pandelela and Cheong Jun Hoong in the women’s synchronished 10m platform, which was the first medal won by the Malaysian contingent. – BERNAMA