PETALING JAYA: National squash player Low Wee Wern has been ruled out of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – in what she construes as a possible oversight by the National Sports Institute (NSI).
The former world No. 5 has been sidelined for more than a year with a complicated anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.
The 27-year-old Wee Wern was excited to make a comeback this year but was forced to postpone her plan after she failed a strength test in January.
Undeterred, she underwent another test on Feb 14 as requested in hopes of making a comeback at the Malaysian Tour Squash Circuit (SSJM) No. 5 in Penang from Feb 27-March 2.
But this time, the NSI told her that she failed a strength endurance test and had to go through another four weeks of rehabilitation.
That means Wee Wern will miss the SSJM legs in Kuala Lumpur (March 5-9) and Kuching (March 13-16) and is no-go for the Asian Team Championships in Cheongju, South Korea (March 21-25), and the Gold Coast Games which starts from April 4-15.
“When I failed the test in January, I worked hard to improve my strength for the second test on Feb 14,” said a dejected Wee Wern.
“The results came out and I was informed that I failed the strength endurance.
“I understand the importance of endurance but I was only told that my strength needs improvement.
“I’m ready to play as my body is in good shape and I’ve also been doing full training since the start of the year.
“But I’m just not getting the green light. Now, I’m also out of the Commonwealth Games,” added a frustrated Wee Wern.
Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) director Mejar (Rtd) S. Maniam admitted it was a sad situation for Wee Wern.
“She has really worked so hard and left no stone unturned in her bid to come back,” said Maniam.
“But to be fair to NSI, they are also leaving no stone unturned so she can make a full comeback.
“We did ask the NSI why wasn’t strength endurance brought up during the tests and their answer was that she needed to have solid strength in order to develop endurance,” mused Maniam.
Meanwhile, with Wee Wern out of the Commonwealth Games, SRAM have called up 16-year-old Aifa Azman as her replacement.