Last hurrah as Li leads China team in HK extravaganza

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 April, 2010, 12:00am

Beijing Olympics double gold medallist Li Xiaopeng says he is enjoying being a student in the US and has no plans to return to competition.

The 28-year-old parallel bars specialist (pictured) will lead a gold medal-winning Chinese gymnastics team for a charity event at Queen Elizabeth Stadium next month.

'I am quite happy with my life in the US,' said Li in Hong Kong yesterday. 'I am doing a language course at a university in California and after I finish, I will probably take another course to become a gymnastics judge. There is no concrete long-time plan, but I am too old to be an athlete again, especially in a competitive sport like gymnastics. But I will definitely consider giving something back to sports in future.'

The Hunan native steered China to a gold medal in the men's team event at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, where he also won an individual gold in the parallel bars. He successfully repeated the feat in front of the home crowd in Beijing two years ago.

Among those joining Li at the charity event for the Chinese Athletes Educational Foundation on May 3 will be Olympic gold medallists Yang Wei, Chen Yibing, Zou Kai, Xiao Qin, Jiang Yuyuan, Yang Yilin and Deng Linlin, and Lu Chunlong and He Wenna of trampoline. The Chinese acrobatic gymnastics team will also perform at the extravaganza.