I was battling depression, reveals Malaysian high jumper Nauraj

"There were so many contributing factors … personal issues, issues related to my performances and I was juggling with injuries," he tells Malaysian-based sports portal TwentyTwo13


Malaysian high jump record holder Nauraj Singh Randhawa was ‘battling depression’ the whole of last year.

“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.”

Read full story. ‘Athletes Are In The Dark’, here.

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)


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  1. This is always the case,be it in government or private sector ,whereby hard working personnels are totally neglected.This leads to stress ,dissatifaction and other issues among this personnels.
    As individuals,we should be more focus on our health ,family and work life balance to truly enjoy the full benefits of what life need to offer.

  2. I thought people were in sports because they enjoyed and not for stress and your depression may indicate you are burdened but yet not willing to say ENOUGH. Health is most valuable and thus should not be neglected for ambition or glory or any other reason and none will ever care about your health or life or future.
    Gur fate.