PETALING JAYA: National high jump athlete Lee Hup Wei is getting restless without any action and he is hoping the Malaysian Athletic Federation (MAU) will at least organise a local competition by end of this year, so he can stay in shape for his bid to earn ranking points for Olympics qualification.
Hup Wei resumed training recently after the movement control order was relaxed but admitted that his overall performance has dropped.
“I need time to regain my ability to jump higher. It’s only natural as my training programme was disrupted and I couldn’t train on the field with my coach.
“There are no tournaments either.”
Hup Wei knows that he, or any other athlete, will not be going overseas for training stints or competitions this year although the Olympics qualifying period starts on Dec 1, with border restriction all over the world.
“I have no plan to go overseas until the Covid-19 situation worldwide is under control, so we are most probably looking at local meets.
“We hope MAU can organise the Malaysian Open by the end of this year. Thailand are also planning to hold their national Open around that time, ” said the 33-year-old, who is aiming to make a third Olympics appearance in Tokyo next year.
Hup Wei, who took part in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics has a current best of 2.29m.
He needs to consistently hit 2.25m to remain in the top 32 in the world by June 29 next year to earn his Olympic spot.
He cleared 2.16m to finish seventh in his only competition this year – the Sydney Track Classic in February.
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