KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 (Bernama) -- The Amatuer Swimming Association of Malaysia (Asum) has denied allegations that national divers were badly treated to the point of having to sleep on the floor at an airport in New York while on transit to Florida to compete in the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2013.
Asum honorary-secretary Edwin Chong said they were well treated and advised by the coach to sleep on the floor using sleeping bags and their own pillows.
"We did this because we feared that if they were sleep on chairs for up to three hours, it would adversely impact their joints and muscles," he told Bernama here Friday.
He was asked to comment on complaints by many over a photgraph uploaded by national diving queen Pandelela Rinong Pamg on Instagram which showed the national diving squad's members sleeping on the floor of the airport while waiting for their connecting flight to Florida on Wednesday.
Chong said he hoped people would not make their own conclusions because the diver had been advised beforehand to bring sleeping bags and pillows in case of a prolonged transit period.
He added at that no targets had been set for the divers at the meet, which started yesterday and ends on May 12, as it was for the divers to suit themselves to an open-air pool before the World Championship in Barcelona in August.