PETALING JAYA: Malaysian diver Pandelela Rinong will soon have her parents cheering her on – not by watching her on television from thousands of miles away – but from the very arena where her events are held.
The Sarawak lass’s father, Pamg Johem, 50, and mother, Hartini Lamin, 48, have left for Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, to attend the Olympic Games, reported the New Straits Times.
The couple flew to Kuala Lumpur from the Kuching International Airport (KIA) last night, and would have left for Rio about 2am today, together with their eldest son, Pardoka Indoma, 24.
“I hope our presence in Brazil will motivate and boost Nong’s fighting spirit during the individual competition this week.
“For the past week, throughout her participation in the Olympics, we have been sending her our well-wishes and messages of motivation via Whatsapp. We reminded her not to give up and to spare no effort in every tournament,” said Pamg, a construction worker, when met by the daily at KLIA last night.
Pamg urged all Malaysians to continue their support and prayers for Pandelela’s success.
“Personally, I have faith in my daughter’s ability. She had been working so hard prior to the Olympic Games.
“Regardless of the outcome, I am proud of her and what she has become. We can’t wait to be reunited with her after keeping track of her feats from the television and newspaper reports,” he was quoted as saying.
The 23-year-old diver had prepared for the family’s trip to Brazil since March this year, by forking out RM9,000 for flight tickets for each family member.
Last week, Pandelela, together with Cheong Jun Hoong from Ipoh, bagged Malaysia’s first medal – a silver, in Rio through the women’s 10m platform synchronised diving event.