KUALA LUMPUR: Triple jumper Ngew Sin Mei's joy over getting an invitation to compete in the inaugural Asian All-Star athletics championship in Singapore has turned into dismay.
The 21-year-old Sin Mei will not get to compete against the best triple jumpers in the region in the one-day meet on Tuesday after all.
She has lost her international passport.
I am really sad and disappointed with myself for losing such an important document. I have made a police report with the help of the NSC (National Sports Council), said Sin Mei, whose last international outing was at the Thai Open in April.
The NSC have promised me that they would write to the Immigration Department to help me get a new passport.
Sin Mei received the invitation from the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) to compete in Singapore after her performances in the recent Malaysian Open championships at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
The final-year matriculation student of the Bukit Jalil Sports School set two national records in the triple jump (13.74m) and long jump (6.26m).
It was the seventh time since 2002 that he had improved on the triple jump record.
Her effort in the Malaysian Open was also better than the SEA Games record of 13.46m, held jointly by Thais Sunisa Kawrungwan and Wacharee Rittiwat.
Sin Mei added that she was not sure when she would get a new passport.
There are no more international competitions for me this year. I will continue training and prepare myself for next year's Manila SEA Games and the Asian Track and Field (ATF) Championships, she said.