Chan proves officials wrong with silver medal

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 December, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 December, 2006, 12:00am

Chan Ka-man said her bronze medal in karate's kumite under-60kg proved Asian sports officials were wrong to exclude the sport from the 2009 East Asian Games to be held in Hong Kong.

'We want to prove we are able to win medals on the international stage and it was the wrong decision to deprive our athletes of the chance to compete in front of our home crowd,' said the 36-year-old Chan after her 3-1 defeat of Choi Cho-rong of South Korea in the final repechage.

'We also won three bronze medals at the last East Asian Games in Macau, but now we are not even in the games in 2009.'

Her coach, Li Chi-moon, the outgoing chairman of the Hong Kong Karatedo Federation, said they were informed the sport would not be on the programme in 2009 because the SAR had never hosted an international event involving more than eight countries.

'But the point is we were never informed about such a rule. Had we known this, we would have expanded our last international event in Hong Kong from five teams to eight,' said Li. 'But we can hardly do anything at this stage as all the 19 sports for the 2009 games have been confirmed.'