The weight of the world - and Hong Kong - is no longer on Lee Lai-shan. It will be a carefree San San who this week defends her Asian Championships title on home water off Cheung Chau. 'I'm not going to take the results so seriously as I did at the Olympics. I won't even think about defending my title,' said San San after a practice session at the venue on her home island ahead of the four-day event starting on Thursday. 'It is a period of recovery for me. If I push myself too hard after a major championships like the Olympics, I might lose the motivation to race for Hong Kong again. I'm going to think carefully about my future in the US where there is no other distraction. I'll see if I still have the motivation to give it another shot,' she said. San San clearly wants to give her mind and body some rest after the intense pressure of defending her Olympic title ended in frustration - she returned empty-handed with a sixth place in the Darling Harbour competition. She revealed earlier that she would decide in December whether to continue as a windsurfer after spending the holidays with her husband in the United States. Motivation is her watchword, the same word she mentioned when asked what made her continue after winning gold at Atlanta four years ago. On that occasion she went on to strike gold at the Bangkok Asian Games. There are also other factors that play a part in San San's decision. 'Sam [Wong] and Rene [Appel] are the other concerns for me,' she said. She admits that she would love to spend more time with Wong, who retired from the sport early this year to concentrate on coaching the squad, but being a full-time athlete means she needs to regularly travel overseas for competitions. However, the news that national coach Appel has signed a contract which will keep him here through to the 2002 Pusan Asian Games will give San San the incentive to stay. While San San will not be bothered with the results, she is not underestimating her opponents at this week's event. 'The standard of the fleet here isn't comparable to the Olympics, but we still have the best sailors from the region. You will not see [New Zealand's triple Olympic medallist] Barbara Kendall race, but the Japanese girl [Masako Imai] is quite strong. And the entries are the biggest for the Asian Championships,' she said. Even the late withdrawal of the Guangdong team, led by China's Olympian Zhang Chujun, who was only a place behind San San at Sydney, doesn't bother her. 'I can't force her to come. We still have a competitive fleet here,' said San San, who comfortably won the Asian Championships title in 1995 when Hong Kong first hosted the event. Besides Imai, who won the bronze at the Bangkok Asian Games, South Korea's Joo Soon-ahn is expected to pose a threat, but San San has a clear edge over her main rivals in the women's mistral fleet because the island is the place where she spent most of her childhood and teenage years. Hong Kong's future hope Ho Chi-ho, a former world junior champion, will face fierce competition from Japan and Thailand in the men's mistral fleet. Some 120 sailors, half of whom are from overseas and the mainland, will be contending for four titles - the Olympic mistral class and race board class in both the men's and women's events. The biggest overseas squad comes from Japan, which is sending 23 sailors, while Thailand have entered 15 competitors. China are represented by three provincial and regional teams - Hainan, Xiamen and Shenzhen.