Beh Lee Wei will be making her swansong at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games starting next week. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: Paddler Beh Lee Wei is bent on making a memorable swansong at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games later this month.
The 31-year-old has never missed the Games since table tennis made its debut in Manchester in 2002. Lee Wei’s sweetest moment was when Malaysia snatched their first-ever bronze medal with a 3-2 win over England in the women’s team event in New Delhi four years ago.
The lure of helping Malaysia clinch a second medal proved alluring for Lee Wei, now a mother of a two-year girl.
“I came back to play in the Myanmar SEA Games last December to guide the youngsters. Then, I was persuaded to continue playing until the Commonwealth Games as we need to defend the bronze medal.
“After the Games, I will call it quits. It’s enough as I have played for the country for 16 years. It’s time to let others play and I want to focus on my family.
“I miss my daughter (Choo Ke Ying) as I’ve been busy with my training and competitions. She is now under the care of my mother in Gurun,” said Lee Wei, who is a 13-time national champion.
Besides Lee Wei, the others in the team are Lee Rou You, Ho Ying and Ng Sock Khim. Rou You and Ho Ying are quite inexperienced, but the return of veteran Sock Khim is the reason why Lee Wei is optimistic of their chances of making the podium again.
Sock Khim, a silver medallist at the 2007 Korat SEA Games, came back from a lengthy lay-off after a knee injury to win a place in the team.
“Sock Khim delivered two points to steer the team to the bronze at the last Commonwealth Games. She did not play at the SEA Games last year and her return will add more depth to our team,
“It will be wonderful if we can defend our bronze or finish better than that.
“Our main challengers will be Singapore, England, India and Canada,” she said.
Singapore, powered by China-born players, won six out of the eight golds in New Delhi and will be the favourites again.