KUALA LUMPUR: Armed with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, wushu exponent Loh Jack Chang could have ventured into the job market and earn a handsome salary.
Instead, his love for the sport has seen him continue to hold the fort for the nation in men’s taiji.
Jack Chang, who graduated from Universiti Putra Malaysia two years ago, will compete in men’s compulsory taijiquan and taijijian (taiji sword) in his fifth SEA Games outing.
He also seems undeterred by the two knee surgeries he has undergone as he prepares for possibly his last SEA Games.
The KL Games wushu competition will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) from Aug 20-22.
“I do a lot of landing executions on one leg in taiji and it has taken a toll on my right knee over the years. I tore my meniscus and underwent two anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) operations a few years ago,” said the Miri-born Jack Chang.
“But I’m still here. I love the sport a lot and I want to continue competing for as long as I can at the highest level.
“This should be my last SEA Games but, if I do well, I may stay on and continue until the end of next year for the Asian Games (in Jakarta).
“I hope to get another gold medal for Malaysia next month,” added Jack Chang, who is one of two wushu exponents under the Podium Programme. The other is reigning Asian Championships gold medallist Wong Weng Son.
The lanky Jack Chang bagged his first gold medal in the compulsory taijiquan at the World Wushu Championships in Jakarta two years ago.
He has also won two gold medals from four previous SEA Games outings.
He made a perfect debut by winning gold in taijiquan in Laos 2009. He then won gold in compulsory taijiquan and silver in taijijian in Singapore 2015.