Coach Shen Jinkang set to guide Lee Wai-sze towards Rio 2016 medal

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 October, 2012, 2:52am

Shen Jinkang, Hong Kong's coach, wants to stay in the job for another four years to give Lee Wai-sze the best possible chance of winning another Olympic medal at Rio 2016.

The mainlander will soon reach the retirement age of 60 required by his employer, the Sports Institute, but said last night he would like to stay.

"I have worked out a plan for Lee with the Rio Games as the firm target," said the coach. "She will reach her golden age in the sport in the next four to eight years and we are expecting something for her in the Olympics."

After Lee won bronze in the women's keirin in the London Olympics, the Sports Institute is unlikely not to extend Shen's contract unless he wants to quit.

Shen revealed he is grooming Wong Kam-po as his successor. Wong, 40 next year, is about to quit the sport after taking part in the road race in the London Games this summer.

"He will call it a day as a rider very soon," said Shen. "Probably it will come before the end of the year.

"Wong has had so much experience in the sport, taking part in five Olympics in both the track and road races. I will pass all my knowledge to him and am confident he can be a better coach than me to steer Hong Kong cycling to a higher level."

Wong will lead a six-member squad to this month's Tour of Hainan which kicks off on October 18 in likely his last major event. "I know I am approaching the end of my career and will need to move on," said Wong. "But I want to finish the Hainan tour first."

Olympic bronze medallist Lee, meanwhile, will leave today for the World Cup in Cali, Colombia, as the new track season begins. "I am glad to know the coach will stay with me till the next Olympics," said Lee. "He is a wonderful coach and can help bring my career to a higher level.

"I still need to gather more exposure at the highest level before I am ready to challenge the world best in Brazil."