Queen of the waves Lee Lai-shan will add the honorific Dr to her name tomorrow when she receives an honorary doctorate from the Chinese University of Hong Kong for her groundbreaking achievements in windsurfing. San San, who underwent tests yesterday for recurring abdominal cramps, will become the first Hong Kong athlete to be recognised in this way. The 1996 Olympic gold medallist will be awarded a Doctor of Social Science degree, honoris causa, at the University's 58th Congregation. 'I'm happy and honoured. Being awarded a doctorate had never crossed my mind because it's such a high academic honour. I excel in sports but not much so in academics,' said San San, who completed her bachelor's degree in sports administration at the University of Canberra in 1999. 'I'm most delighted that it shows the status of Hong Kong athletes is rising. It gives the message that if they work hard and contribute to Hong Kong, they will be highly recognised,' San San said. But San San, 32, said she might not be able to collect the award in person at The Mall of the university tomorrow. She is undergoing medical tests for the abdominal problem that forced her to pull out of this Sunday's World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand. The reigning world champion returned home on Monday night to undergo medical tests. 'I will see if my body allows me to go there. I will decide tomorrow [today]. I want to avoid suffering more cramps. I was supposed to receive it on December 18 after the World Championships. I was not supposed to be in Hong Kong now.' Her husband, Sam Wong Tak-sum, said yesterday that a clearer picture of her medical problem would only be known in a couple of weeks. 'She hasn't suffered from any pains today. She has undergone a blood test but we don't know the results yet. Her doctor will arrange for her to undergo a thorough diagnosis and test on her gall bladder. It will be done within the next 10 days. We need to track down the source of her pains this time,' said Wong. San San pulled out of the Siam Cup in Pattaya at the weekend after apparently suffering a repeat attack of abdominal cramps she first suffered two months ago during the Asian Games in Pusan, South Korea. She was then diagnosed as having an inflamed bile duct of her gall bladder. San San won Hong Kong its first Olympic medal at the Atlanta Games in 1996. She is also a three-time World champion, and two-time Asian Games gold medallist. Her list of sporting achievements over a 12-year career also includes two European Championships and a number of Asian Championships. 'She has brought great honour to Hong Kong. She is the only athlete to be awarded an honorary doctorate,' said Amy Chan, Athletes Affairs manager at the Sports Development Board's elite Sports Institute. A press release issued by the Chinese University stated: 'Ms Lee's distinguished achievements in sports and her positive image in community service are in keeping with the university's undertakings in the promotion of and research in sports science and physical education, as well as campaign for public health for the betterment of the community.' Amy Tsui, CUHK information and press relations officer, said: 'Ms Lee is the first Hong Kong athlete to be given the award since the university launched it in 1964, the year after it was founded. The honorary degrees committee recommended a few candidates who have contributed a lot to the Hong Kong community, and she was one.' In 1996, San San received the Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in Hong Kong. She was also awarded the ISAF World Sailor of the year Award that year, a first for an Asian athlete. In 1997, she was awarded an MBE, becoming a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of her outstanding achievements in international sports.