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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 | MYT 7:22 PM

Extra padding no biggie in Beh’s medal quest

This will be Malaysian table tennis player Beh Lee Wei's fourth and final Commonwealth Games outing. - GLENN GUAN/ The Star

This will be Malaysian table tennis player Beh Lee Wei's fourth and final Commonwealth Games outing. - GLENN GUAN/ The Star

GLASGOW: Veteran paddler Beh Lee Wei may have put on some weight but don’t let it fool you – she has not lost her cutting edge.

The 31-year-old mother of a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter has ballooned to 80kg as she prepares to feature in her fourth and last Commonwealth Games.

The Gua Chempedak-born player, who has represented Malaysia for the last 15 years, is not too bothered about her weight gain, saying “I’m as fit as before”.

“I admit that I have put on a few kilogrammes in the last few months but I’m still the top player in Malaysia and I can still perform in international tournaments,” said Lee Wei, who underwent a one-month training stint in Hebei, China, in preparation for the Games.

“My services are still needed and I promise to help Malaysia retain the bronze in the women’s team event.”

The other members in the women’s team are Ng Sock Khim, Ho Ying and Lee Rou You.

Lee Wei made her Commonwealth Games debut in 2002 in Manchester, but she won her first medal, a bronze in the team event at the 2010 Games in New Delhi.

The men’s and women’s team events begin on Wednesday at the Scotstoun Sports Campus and the Malaysian women’s team are in Group 6 with Canada, Jamaica and Papua New Guinea.

A total of 22 teams will feature in the women’s event and 28 teams in the men’s category.

Lee Wei said that the women should have no problem reaching the knockout stage.

“Our real test will come in the knockout stage … where there will be a redraw,” she said.

The Malaysian men’s team are also in Group 6 with Australia, St Lucia and Zambia.

The men’s team comprise Mohd Shakirin Ibrahim, Mohd Ashraf Haiqal, Leong Chee Feng and Foo Dun Ley.

Except for Shakirin, the others will be making their Games debut.

Team manager Soong Poh Wah expects the Malaysian men’s team to also advance to the knockout stage with ease.

“However, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we do not meet favourites Singapore in the knockout stage,” said Poh Wah.

Singapore, powered by China-born players, are overwhelming favourites to win both the men’s and women’s team titles.

Seven gold medals are at stake in table tennis – men’s and women’s singles, doubles, team and mixed doubles.

Tags / Keywords: Beh Lee Wei , Ng Sock Khim , Ho Ying , Lee Rou You , table tennis , Commonwealth Games , Glasgow , Mohd Shakirin Ibrahim


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