PETALING JAYA: Pole vaulter Teh Weng Chang rewrote his own national record when he cleared 5.00m in the Federal Territory All Comers Open in March last year. More than a year on, his record has yet to be ratified.
When Weng Chang bettered his old mark of 4.90m, the Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU) had been suspended by the Sports Commissioner and could not ratify his record.
And the 25-year-old Weng Chang, the SEA Games champion, is still waiting.
“It has been 14 months since I rewrote my national record ... the MAAU technical committee should sit and ratify all records set last year,” said Weng Chang.
According to International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) rules, any affiliates that is suspended cannot recognise national records.
“This whole thing really discourages national athletes,” said Weng Chang.
The pole vaulter will miss the Asian Track and Field (ATF) meet in Manila in September.
The final-year physical education degree student of Universiti Putra of Malaysia (UPM) will undergo an ankle operation on June 16.
“I have been carrying the ankle injury since last year and I aggravated it last month during training. The pain is getting worse.”
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