Chan heads HK nominees for last Games

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 March, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 March, 1997, 12:00am

Veteran hurdler Chan Sau-ying is one of four athletes who have been nominated to represent Hong Kong at May's East Asian Games in Pusan, South Korea.

Chan, 26, bronze medallist in the 100 metres hurdles at the inaugural Games four years ago in Shanghai, joins 400 metres hurdler Wan Kin-yee, triple jumper Li Chun-nei and male sprinter To Wai-lok in the list submitted by the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association.

Chan has been Hong Kong's top hurdler for the past seven years and holds the national record for both the 100 metres hurdles and the 100 metres dash.

The list has to be approved by the Amateur Sports Federation and Olympic Committee (ASF&OC). The East Asian Games will be the territory's last major multi-sport event under the British flag.

Wan, 21, set a national record of 1:02.68 in the 400 metres hurdles at last year's Hong Kong Open and is also one of the top 100 and 200 metres female sprinters in the territory. Li is an experienced Hong Kong international while To, if selected, will be making his major Games debut.

Tang Hon-sing, who set a national record of 14.80 for the men's 110 metres hurdles last week, was not considered as his performance came after the ASF&OC's submission deadline.

Meanwhile, the HKAAA has announced a 30-strong team to take part in the annual Spring Canton Meet in Zhaoqing from March 22-23.

This year's event incorporates the China National Athletics Championships as well as selection trials for provincial teams to qualify for the All China Games. But HKAAA official Malina Ngai said Hong Kong's involvement is independent.

'We take part in this event every year,' said Ngai. 'It is only for this year that they are using it as the national championships as well as selection trials. We will not be involved in those.'