Showjumper clears Olympic qualifying hurdle, but passport issue remains Olympic-qualified showjumper Jennifer Lee 'intends' to compete in the equestrian events in August, despite still being ineligible because she does not hold a Hong Kong passport. Lee and three other Hong Kong riders - Kenneth Cheng Man-kit, Patrick Lam and Samantha Lam - all passed the Olympic test at a special qualifier in Hagen, Germany, on Wednesday. But Lee still holds a United States passport and was not among three athletes granted a special eligibility dispensation to compete during a hearing last month by the International Olympic Committee. Lee said last night from Europe that it was her 'intention' to compete for Hong Kong at the Olympic Games. When asked if her eligibility issue had been resolved, Lee would not comment. Even the equestrian bodies in Hong Kong could not decide whether it was three jumpers who qualified, or four. The Hong Kong Jockey Club, which has sponsored horses for Patrick Lam, Samantha Lam and Lee, said a 'team' had qualified, while the Equestrian Company congratulated three equestrian athletes. 'This is a historic day for Hong Kong,' Jockey Club chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges said. 'It's the first time Hong Kong has ever had an equestrian team qualified for the Olympics.' Equestrian Company chief executive Lam Woon-kwong said: 'We welcome the news three Hong Kong equestrian athletes have qualified. They will join the elite equestrian sportsmen and women from around the world competing for the highest sports accolade - a gold Olympic medal.' The Hong Kong Equestrian Federation said four riders were now eligible to compete at the showjumping, but vice-president Edwin McAuley acknowledged Lee's problem. 'It's great news,' McAuley said. 'Jennifer Lee still has the passport issue, but it looks as if we've got a team.' Lee, a Hong Kong resident for 13 years, is technically eligible to obtain a Hong Kong passport but has previously said she was uncertain about getting one. China does not recognise dual citizenship and Lee would therefore have to give up her US citizenship. Another possible hurdle for Lee is an IOC directive - issued at the time the executive board cleared Hannah Wilson (swimming) and Lin Ling and Tie Yana (table tennis) to compete in Beijing - that in future Olympics all athletes who take part in any qualification events should possess an HKSAR passport. McAuley said he believed Chinese and Hong Kong competitors would boost interest in the equestrian events. Cheng, who flew to Hong Kong to be an Olympic torchbearer last week, said he was 'a bit shell-shocked' and it was like 'a dream come true'. 'First I get the chance to be a torchbearer in the Olympic torch relay and now I've qualified to actually compete in the Olympics. It's just incredible,' Cheng said. Samantha Lam said: 'I'm absolutely over the moon. The horses were brilliant.' In addition to the four Hong Kong riders, three Chinese showjumpers, one from Australia and one from New Zealand qualified in Hagen. With the qualification of Zhao Zhiwen, Huang Zuping and Zhang Bin, China will have a full team in Hong Kong in August as Li Zhenqiang qualified last weekend in Belgium. Alex Hua Tian, who learned to ride in Hong Kong, qualified for eventing in Poland. The International Equestrian Federation authorised the Hagen qualifier to provide opportunities for the Hong Kong and Chinese showjumpers. According to the HKEF, the qualifier was built at a five-star level with fences as high as 1.6 metres and as wide as two metres.