Official vows to quit over 'dictatorship'

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 July, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 July, 1993, 12:00am

LEE Chun-kay, the controversial player who once led a walk-out of his team during a match, has vowed to quit Hongkong hockey saying he cannot stand the ''dictatorship and hypocrisy any further''.

In an eight-page open letter ''to all hockey enthusiasts who support justice'', Lee provides details of what he claims are the unjust and regressive practices of the Hongkong Hockey Association in both the men's and women's sections.

Lee, an outstanding player who represented Hongkong at the 1990 Beijing Asian Games, said he will not seek re-election as registrar at the association's annual meeting tonight, ending a 15-year relationship with the body.

However, a spokesman for the HKHA said last night that the association's main office-bearers have yet to see the letter and as a result could not comment.

The spokesman claimed that Lee has a habit of going to the press if he cannot get his way.

The association's president Con Conway and vice-president Billy Dillon were unavailable for comment last night.

In his letter, Lee outlined five issues which he felt were affecting the development of local hockey.

He said the running of the association was being controlled by a few people; unqualified people were being used to run ineffective programmes; there were no long-term development programmes; there was no unity in the game; and the people in charge were not accountable for what they did.

''I hate playing politics in sport. That is why I have neglected some of the things I feel are wrong and continued to stay with hockey for 15 years,'' he said.

''But now I am totally disappointed and I am sick of staying with dictatorship and hypocrisy any further.'' In 1978, Lee started the Rhino Hockey Club, who became the first all-Chinese side to play in the First Division when they won promotion from the Second Division in 1987.

In that season, Lee earned the wrath of the association when he led his side in a walk-out during a match in protest at what he claimed was unfair treatment by the association.

The Rhino women's team were promoted to the First Division in 1989.

Lee also accused the women's section of ignoring local talent for last year's Inter Nation Cup and including in the territory's side two expatriate players who were only passing through.

Women's chairman Anne Hughes said: ''The team was selected by a panel of six or seven people and I have to respect their decisions.''