Lee Hup Wei will be out of action for six months due to his back injury.
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Asian high jump champion Lee Hup Wei will not feature in next month’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
The 25-year-old suffered a hip injury during training in Bukit Jalil last week. Hup Wei, who cleared 2.27m to win the gold at the Asian and Track Field (ATF) Championships in Jordan in 2007, is prone to injuries.
He injured his back and did not feature in the Myanmar SEA Games last December.
“Hup Wei’s injury is quite bad and he is expected to be out of action for six months,” said Datuk Zainal Ahmad Abidin, the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) president.
Zainal is also concerned with woman high jumper Yap Sean Yi as she is nursing a back muscle strain.
The 19-year-old Sean Yi, who has a personal best of 1.78m, featured in the Asian Junior Championships in Taiwan last week and managed 1.72m to finish fourth.
“Sean Yi has been advised to take a rest. We want her to fully recover as we don’t want to send a passenger to the Games,” said Zainal.
Besides Sean Yi, the other four athletes to feature in Glasgow are high jumper Nauraj Singh Randhawa, pole vaulter Iskandar Alwi, hammer thrower Jackie Wong and woman 100m hurdler Raja Nursheena Raja Azhar.
Zainal said the four athletes would use the 91st Malaysian Open at Stadium Utama in Kangar from June 25-27 to prepare for the Games.
“We want to gauge their performances to make sure they are injury free and maintain their form for the Games,” said Zainal.