Lee Lai-shan said a combination of national pride and the flexibility of her university supervisor allowed her to return to Hong Kong for the handover. Hong Kong's Olympic gold medallist went to study at the University of Canberra, Australia, in March this year thinking she would miss the ceremonies to mark Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule. However, after receiving an invitation to attend Tuesday morning's swearing-in ceremony for the new Government, the 26-year-old decided to change her plans. 'My exams were scheduled for July, but the university gave me permission to take them earlier so I could return to Hong Kong,' said San San, who won the women's windsurfing event at last year's Atlanta Olympics. 'I'm happy to be part of the ceremonies. I'm Chinese and I'm happy about Hong Kong going back to China.' San San still has one more semester of her sports management degree course remaining, which she hopes to complete in 1999. After the handover, she will return to full-time training to prepare for the Asia-Pacific Championships, previously known as the Asian Championships, in Guangdong at the end of next month. San San will be training for the event in Thailand. The Asia-Pacific competition is one of two important tournaments for San San this year. In November, she will be competing in the Pre-Asian Games regatta in Pattaya, Thailand, which is a dress rehearsal for the 1998 Asian Games at the same venue. The Asian Games gold medal is San San's number one target in her quest to win every honour the sport has to offer. She has already won the Olympic gold medal, the world championship title and the Asian title. She has also held the world number one ranking. She finished up with the silver medal at the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing and the 1994 Games in Hiroshima. San San has a busy schedule over the next few days. Today, she has a whole day of interviews, including a two-hour radio stint this morning. She is also to attend numerous functions to celebrate the handover during the next week.