Lee Wei wanted to quit after leading Malaysia to an unexpected silver in the women’s team event in Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran paddler Beh Lee Wei is not interested in becoming a coach-cum-player.
“It is not easy to play in competitions and handle both the men and women players at the same time,” said Lee Wei, who has been representing Malaysia since 1999.
“It is mentally and physically taxing as I need to motivate myself for the competitions and at the same time motivate the others as well.”
Lee Wei, who has a daughter, has taken on the double role before – winning two bronze medals in the individual and women’s team in the Myanmar SEA Games last December.
But it is obviously something she’s not keen on.
“I have decided that I will quit playing after the Asian Games (to be held in Incheon, South Korea, from Sept 19-Oct 4) and become a coach.
“I have served the country for 15 years ... the time has come for me to give others chance to represent the country,” said Lee Wei, who wanted to quit after leading Malaysia to an unexpected silver in the women’s team event in last month’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
She has, however, been persuaded by the Table Tennis Association of Malaysia (TTAM) to feature in the Asian Games following the absence of the experienced Ng Sock Khim, who aggravated her knee injury in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
“Yes, I agreed to play in my second Asian Games but I don’t expect to win any medals as the Asiad is tougher than the Commonwealth Games,” said Lee Wei.
“I’d be more than happy to reach the quarter-finals in the individual and team events,” said Lee Wei.
The other women players bound for Incheon are Ho Ying and Lee Rou You.