Getting her gold medal at Government House was a 'special' moment for Lee Lai-shan, but the windsurfing hero was disappointed that China's national anthem and the SAR flag did not feature at yesterday's ceremony. San San, who missed an Asian Games presentation because she had to rush back to Hong Kong with abdominal problems, said: 'To get the medal at Government House was special to me. But it's a pity the national anthem wasn't played or the SAR flag raised.' San San, who looked fresh five days after being discharged from Hong Kong Sanatorium, added that she was happy to eventually receive the medal eight days late and unaccompanied by the trimmings that would have accompanied an Asian Games ceremony had she stayed in Pusan, South Korea. The 1996 Atlanta Olympic champion received her medal from SAR sports chief Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, in his capacity as vice-president of the Olympic Committee of Asia, at a ceremony where SAR Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa was a guest. Tung, after complimenting San San on winning the medal in the women's mistral class and successfully defending the title, said: 'I'm happy to see her recover well and I want to congratulate her. I know she endured pain in winning her gold medal.' The 32-year-old star said a virus attack had caused the stomach cramps that saw her leave Pusan in a hurry. The source of the pain, she said, was an inflammation of the bile duct of her gall bladder. 'It definitely was not food poisoning. The medical details are too complicated for me, but it was a virus attack.' She also quashed doubts that her physical condition would not allow her to take part in December's World Championships in Pattaya, which doubles as an Olympic qualifier. 'I want to compete in the World Championships. Nothing can stop me competing if I'm determined. But I need more rest,' she said. While sports officials called for more government support after Hong Kong returned from Pusan with four gold, six silver and 11 bronze medals, San San was more realistic, given the government's tight budget, saying that she hoped its support would not diminish. 'The government doesn't have much to spend but I hope at least its support to sports won't go backwards. It's important to create a sports culture here. Hong Kong athletes do not receive as much recognition from the community as other countries,' she said.