by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic by BERNAMA
TENAGA Nasional Bhd (TNB) is extending its sponsorship for the world’s No 2 and Asia’s No 1 tower runner, Soh Wai Ching (picture), for his activities in 2021.
Its president and CEO Datuk Seri Amir Hamzah Azizan said TNB is always proud to collaborate with outstanding sporting individuals and organisations that espouse the spirit of excellence.
“Our longstanding involvement with hockey in the country, for example, has seen many young individuals groomed to become gems in the country’s national set-up and went on to make the country proud,” he said in a statement.
The 26-year-old Soh broke the Guinness World Records for the Greatest Vertical Height Stair Climbing in One Hour (Male), in an attempt at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 18.
TNB is the title sponsor for Soh’s record-breaking attempt. He broke the previous record of 1.227km held by David Robles of Spain with a new mark of 1.295km.
“Attaining such a feat is an astounding accomplishment that makes Malaysians proud, and places Malaysia, again on the world map.
“TNB’s relationship with Soh dates back to 2019 and ever since, he has proudly carried the TNB flag whenever he competes around the world,” added Amir Hamzah.
For the record, Soh’s notable achievements include winning the KL Tower International Towerthon Challenge 2019, Seoul Lotte World Tower Sky Run 2019 (winner), Empire State Building Run Up 2019 (second place), Taipei 101 Run Up 2019 (fourth place), as well as fourth place and being the only Asian to run in the Elite category in the La Vertical de la Tour Eiffel Tower 2019.
TNB will continue its support of the athlete with RM70,000 in 2021, raising its sponsorship to a total of RM180,000.
For Soh, who is also the president of Malaysia TowerRunning Association, the continuous support from TNB means the world to him, especially in his quest to be the world No 1 tower runner.
“I have my full gratitude to TNB for their faith in me to continue making the country proud in the world of tower running.
“I would like to thank TNB for the support, especially during the last-minute request to double up their sponsorship for the Guinness World Records Project. Without TNB, I can’t even qualify to do the record because of the licensing fees required,” he said.
He added that he has his eyes set on the world No 1 spot next year, and TNB’s support is a perfect shot in the arm for him.