PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 August, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 August, 2000, 12:00am

Over the last few days every newspaper has quoted Hong Kong's sports chiefs, Olympic chiefs and government officials, calling for Lee Lai-shan to be accommodated closer to the windsurfing venue in Sydney, during the Olympic Games, because she is 'Hong Kong's only hope for a medal'.

What about the other athletes? Are they only there to make up the numbers? Perhaps they should repay Hong Kong's faith in them by refusing to participate in their respective events and go to cheer Ms Lee instead. I can remember four years ago when Ms Lee won her medal in Atlanta, the first thing everyone said was 'Lee who?' closely followed by 'Is windsurfing an Olympic sport?'

Any single person in the Olympic team has the potential to win a medal in Sydney and become the next San San. Let's wish them all well, including Ms Lee, even if Hong Kong's sports chiefs don't have too much faith in them.