Ice-skating chief Eva Feng Hui has pointed a finger at the SAR's Olympic Committee over Cordia Tsoi Po-yee's non-appearance in Wednesday's 1,500 metres race following an entry application blunder. Tsoi, 17, had been expected to make history alongside teammate Christy Ren as Hong Kong's first competitors at a Winter Olympics in the 1,500, but she was shocked to find her name was not on the starting list. After four agonising days, she will finally be able to compete today when she and Ren take part in the 500m. Ren, 18, skated close to her national mark in the 1,500m and finished 26th out of 28 competitors. Feng said the mix-up followed a late change last month when the International Skating Union told Hong Kong both Tsoi and Ren could compete in all three distances after athletes from other countries withdrew. Initially, Ren was entered for the 1,500m, while Tsoi was to compete in the 1,000m and 500m. Feng said yesterday they had requested the SAR's Olympic Committee, which is responsible for the applications, to make the changes, but she was later surprised to discover the 1,500m entries had not been amended. Ren would have lost her chance to race in the remaining two events if SAR coach Lu Shuo had not spotted the mistake and had her reinstated. 'The Hong Kong Olympic Committee have been irresponsible in this matter,' Feng said. 'They should have made sure both Christy and Cordia were entered in all three events. It's a shame that Cordia lost her first chance to compete at the Winter Olympics. It seems they don't care too much about winter sports in Hong Kong.' SAR Olympic Committee honorary secretary Pang Chung was not available for comment last night. Tsoi said: 'I first heard that there was a problem on February 13 [Wednesday, HK time]. I was unable to compete because the draw list had already been completed. All I could do was to watch Christy skate. I cheered her on.' Tsoi said she had shaken off the disappointment and hoped to better the Hong Kong record she holds in the distance today. 'But I'm not deterred because I'll do my best in the 500m and the 1,000m [on Thursday]. I feel confident in my ability to race to my best,' she said. Tsoi added that it was extremely difficult to beat her rivals because the SAR squad's progress had been held back by lack of training on the ice in Hong Kong while their rivals had improved by leaps and bounds. 'I know my best is simply not good enough. I've improved since the Olympic qualifiers in October, but I know other countries have also improved - on a much greater scale,' she said. Tsoi and Ren were forced to train at small rinks in Hong Kong for two months after October's qualifiers before they finally received funding allowing them to train for a month at a Olympic-size rink in northern mainland city Chengchun before leaving for the United States.