PETALING JAYA: A caring listener during a rough time really helps.
And for national high jumper Lee Hup Wei, National Sports Institute (NSI) psychologist Rebecca Wong has been that person who has been motivating him to get back on his feet after an ankle injury.
“She is one of the reasons why I was able to overcome the stress that came with my recent ankle pain,” said Hup Wei, who is preparing for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
“In fact, since I started my career, she has always done her best to encourage athletes and get all of us pumped up for the sport,” he said.
Hup Wei cleared a height of 2.10m en route to winning gold at the Qosanov Memorial in Kazakhstan recently but he injured his ankle during the stint.
Because of that his coach Aleksander Gasparyan has not been pushing the 34-year-old Hup Wei in training.
“The ankle pain bothered me a lot but my coach taught me to stay calm down and trust in the training process. It’s all good now,” he said.
Hup Wei’s goal is to reach the final and in order to do that, he has to scale at least a height of 2.26m.
It is not beyond his reach as he has a personal best of 2.29m, which he achieved at the World Championships in 2019 when he became the first Malaysian to reach the final in Doha.