KUALA LUMPUR: National diver and former world champion Cheong Jun Hoong has ended greater than twenty years of involvement within the sport since 1999 when she formally introduced her retirement on Tuesday (Jan 4).
Jun Hoong, who will flip 32 in April, stated that regardless of affected by accidents and inconsistent performances lately, she remained dedicated to persevering with to symbolize the nation.
However, she has needed to settle for the truth that her contract was not renewed by the National Sports Council (NSC) and Malaysia Swimming (MS) just lately, thus forcing her to name it a day.
In her retirement announcement on her Instagram account, the Ipoh-born expressed her appreciation and gratitude to everybody who had supported her throughout her diving profession.
“I wish to categorical my appreciation to the NSC, Youth and Sports Ministry and Olympic Council of Malaysia for his or her assist all through the years, with out which I’d not be the place I’m right now.
“I need to additionally categorical my heartfelt gratitude to the National Sports Institute (NSI) for his or her assist in some ways, together with medical help rendered to me by the medical doctors, rehabilitation (group), physiotherapists, psychological counsellors and all the opposite employees,” she stated.
When contacted by Bernama right now, Jun Hoong stated she has but to resolve on her subsequent transfer, regardless of having acquired a teaching provide in Perak from the NSC.
“The NSC did ask what I needed to do and what diploma I maintain. They supplied to assist me I needed it. Then, they requested if I wish to return to Perak and develop into a coach there. But I stated that I don’t wish to do this but.
“For now, I nonetheless have no plans as a result of this (the resignation) got here fairly abruptly and I used to be busy specializing in myself doing rehabilitation and present process remedy,” she stated.
Jun Hoong made historical past when she turned the nation’s first and, to this point, solely diver to win the world title within the 10m particular person platform on the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Prior to that, she bagged Malaysia’s first Olympic silver in diving with Pandelela Rinong within the ladies’s 10m synchronised platform occasion.
However, a second knee surgical procedure in September 2018, coupled with recurring accidents, resulted in Jun Hoong struggling to carry out persistently.
“Actually, I by no means dreamt of changing into a world champion… by no means thought I may really beat the China divers… all my exhausting work paid off. I need to admit that my largest remorse shouldn’t be with the ability to carry out persistently in competitions regardless of my greatest efforts,” she stated. – Bernama