Veteran Wong gearing up for London 2012

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 October, 2008, 12:00am

Veteran Olympian Wong Kam-po has set his sights on the 2012 London Games.

Speculation was strong that the 35-year-old rider might retire after only managing a disappointing 15th place in the 40km points race in Beijing in August.

But at a promotional event yesterday, Wong, who has competed at the last four Olympics, said that he would continue with the sport.

'I have decided to race for another four years and the London Olympics will be my ultimate goal,' said the 2007 scratch-race world champion and 2006 Doha Asian Games road-race gold medallist.

'My focus will be the points race in London and all other competitions I take part in during the next four years will be geared towards that race.'

Wong (pictured) said he was not too worried about being able to compete against the world's best at 39.

'In the past, most people retired from the sport when they reached their mid-30s, but with the advances in training methods and nutrition science we can now last longer,' Wong said.

'The points-race winner in Beijing is 39 and there was a 45-year-old competing in the madison. I started track events a bit late compared with many fellow riders and I have full confidence in my ability to race at the highest level in four years.'

The cyclist said he had no qualms about possible missed opportunities he might incur in his life through four more years of dedication to his sport.

'There are many other things I can do if I decide to call it a day now such as going back to studies or starting my own business,' he said.

'But I told my coach after the Beijing Games that I still love riding and I believe I still have the ability, physically and mentally, to race at the highest level.

'It will be a big regret if I decide to quit the sport now.

'Even if I cannot qualify for London at the end of the day, I will still be happy helping my young colleagues to try to achieve the goal of winning a medal for Hong Kong.'