Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Edwin quits ASUM post

EDWIN Chong will relinquish his post as honorary secretary of the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (ASUM) at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in February or March due to health reasons.

The 65-year-old was appointed in 1999 before he stepped down for one year and reassumed the post, replacing Bang Toh Hoo after the 2001 Kuala Lumpur Sea Games.

Edwin is best remembered for hiring some of the best diving coaches, including Yang Zhuliang, who has turned Malaysia into one of the bests in the world. He is also behind the success of the national swimming team in the past.

Edwin has already stepped down as the Kuala Lumpur Amateur Swimming Association secretary.
He is, however, still the assistant secretary of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM).

“I was diagnosed with a terminal illness after the Asian Games in Incheon in October. I have been taking a combination of painkillers. I have also lost a lot of weight,” said the soft-spoken Edwin yesterday.

“I am resting at home and things are looking good. I am still recovering and hopefully, I can get better.”

Edwin said he would recommend assistant secretary May Chen to replace him in ASUM.
“I have been grooming her for a long time.

“May was supposed to replace me two years ago but she requested for more time.

“She is a dedicated worker and I am confident ASUM will be in good hands under her administrative qualities.”

Despite his condition, Edwin, who is also a FINA-accredited diving judge, has been offered by Singapore to be a technical delegate for aquatics at next year’s Sea Games.

“Officials from Singapore met me recently and offered the post.

“Although I informed them about my condition, they insist I should be part of the Sea Games.
“I have accepted it but all depends whether I get better.”

Edwin said he was sad about his condition, and he had not expected it to be serious.

“I have relinquished all my positions except the one with OCM because I am ill. I hope to get better and start work,” Edwin added.


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