Let Lee go all the Wei
UPDATE 1.15am: Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF) president Karim Ibrahim, after reading this article, had in a WhatsApp message at 1.13am, said: "MAF will include Lee in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games."
That reply itself is a record - exactly five minutes after this posting was published!
"Maybe you can write about his (Hup Wei's) recent result
(The) athletics federation & OCM didn't include his name in the Commonwealth Games and (he) was not given any support or assistance to fly to Canberra, Australia to compete.
He found his own way there, competed and set new heights & hopefully (he will be) back in the list of athletes for the Commonwealth Games.
My question to (the) federation, OCM and other sports parties - why do we like to sideline athletes when they need the support most?
It is irrational and irresponsible for anyone to say athletes above (a) certain age should retire when they still have the passion, especially when they continue to perform well.
Sports is all about performance, not a matter of liking or siding (someone).
The young ones should be given the opportunity but not blindly for the sake of exposing (them). There should set some standards set to compete at the highest level.
Those who set records feel bad knowing their records stand for so long, evident that these athletics events are not growing and athletes nurtured are unable to peak to better forms."
Hup Wei, a man of a few words when it comes to the press, pointed out his 2.28m record was "an achievement similar to that of the silver medalist at the last Commonwealth Games."
In 2014, Kyriakos Ioannou from Cyprus leaped 2.28m to win silver. Canadian Derek Drouin set 2.31m to win the gold at the Glasgow Games.
"I hope to join the (Commonwealth) Games," Hup Wei said.
When asked if anyone from the Malaysian Athletics Federation had spoken to him about his possible participation in the Games, Hup Wei replied "not yet".
By the way, remember Ruth Beitia?