The 30-year-old says age is not anxiety and she is confident she can challenge for a medal in Japan. Sarah Lee Wai-Sze has performed a U-turn on her career, saying she will compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after all, much to the relief of the Hong Kong camp.
Breaking months of silence after there were proposals she might not commit herself to another grueling build-up, Hong Kong’s most successful cyclist has decided to go for her third Olympics. Fans from all over the world who want to watch the live-action can buy Olympic Track Cycling Tickets online.
The 30-year-old has kept the media guessing as to her long-term future, with the Hong Kong camp fearing she was ready to pack it in after clinching a bronze medal at last year’s World Championships in Hong Kong.
“My next event will be the World Cup series in Minsk [Belarus] this month which means I will also continue for the next three years,”, who easily won the women’s sprint at the Hong Kong Championships at the Tseung Kwan O Velodrome on Saturday. It was her first event since she acquired in the Asian Indoor Games in September in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
“You can say I am targeting the Olympic2020 Games in that sense. I think we can still challenge for a medal in Tokyo if we put in a real concerted effort. Age is not a concern for me. Physically and mentally, I am always ready and able to compete, as a mature athlete, it is important to trust my coach and I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to Shen,”
Lee said she had pondered her future over the past months and made premature comments to the media without discussion with her coach, Shen Jinkang. She said studying for her second degree at the Baptist University will now become a lower priority.
Meanwhile, up-and-coming rider Vivian Ma Wing-yu, another sprinter with the Hong Kong team, was delighted with Lee’s decision, saying she would continue to learn from the experienced rider in the next three years to help her book a place for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Hong Kong will send three riders to the World Cup in Minsk next week, the last series of the season, with male riders Leung Chun-wing and Cheung King-Lok, also joining the contingent. Lee missed all four previous legs of the World Cup series.
“The two individual events will still be my target in Indonesia, she is a role model for the team and she always gives me a lot of advice when we work together. I have more confidence in qualifying for the 2020 Olympics now,” Ma said. Lee and Ma won the women’s team sprint at last year’s Asian Championships in India while Lee also clinched the sprint and keeping gold at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
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