PETALING JAYA: National sprinter Azreen Nabila Alias is finally feeling the nerves in Tokyo but big brother Lee Hup Wei has come to the rescue.
The 21-year-old Azreen will be taking part in the 100m in her first Olympic Games athletics competition.
Azreen said she was missing her coach M. Balamurugan, who has guided her since she was 18.
“This is my first big Games and he isn’t here. So I’m getting a bit nervous because he has always been there for me. Fortunately, he is communicating with me daily and I know, he will give me encouragement before the heats on July 30,” she said.
“It will be challenging, but he has prepared me for this situation.”
In his absence, high jumper Hup Wei, who is competing in his third Olympics, has been supportive.
“Abang Hup Wei is a strong support for me here.
“He constantly talks to me, and has been motivating me. He just knows how to raise my spirits,” she said.
Terengganu-born Azreen has a personal best of 11.81 seconds, and her season best is 12.00, which she achieved in April en route to winning the 100m gold at the Malaysian Grand Prix Championship. When asked if she can go faster than 11.81, Azreen said she just wanted to do her best.
“I listen to Nasyid songs every day to calm my nerves. I’m also hooked to the “Demi Malaysia” song (the official theme song for the Malaysian contingent), which is quite good. I’ve the support from family and friends, all these will inspire me to do my best,” she added.