“There were so many contributing factors … personal issues, issues related to my performances and I was juggling with injuries,” he revealed in an interview with Malaysian-based sports portal TwentyTwo13.
In the frank interview, Nauraj spoke about how ‘incompetent and short-sighted officials’ had derailed training programmes for national athletes and that his teammates had generally kept mum for fear of being penalised.
On his depression, he told TwentyTwo13 editor Haresh Deol: “It was also a major transition in my life where I achieved 2.30m in 2017 and was pushing myself to do even better, to push the bar higher.
“I was also disturbed by those who criticised without having any clue what it’s like to be an athlete. I wasn’t able to handle these problems well then. I worked with my sports psychologist at the National Sports Institute and I’m glad to say I’m able to handle things better now.”
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Last month, the three-time SEA Games gold medalist earned another feather in his cap when he broke the national record for indoor high jump record at the 21st Erdgas Indoor Athletics Championships in Chemnitz, Germany.
The 27-year-old Johor athlete cleared 2.19 metres to finish second at the meet, smashing the earlier record of 2.15m jointly held by Lou Cwee Peng and Lee Hup Wei.
Nauraj breaks Malaysia’s indoor high jump record set when he was a toddler (Asia Samachar, 13 Feb 2019)