BEIJING, Oct. 16
(Xinhua) -- Chinese hurdler and superstar Liu Xiang has no plan to retire and
may compete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, his coach Sun Haiping has said.
Liu is preparing for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
and is in good conditions. He has the potential to break world record next year
if weather, wind and other conditions permit, Sun, who is in Beijing attending
the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) as a delegate,
said on the sidelines of the conference.
"Possible injuries and illnesses during Liu's
training concern me most," said the coach.
Liu, world record holder of the men's 110m hurdles at
12.88 seconds, became a hero and youth idol in China after he won the first
Olympic track and field gold for the Chinese male athletes in the 2004 Athens
Liu will be 29 years old when the London Olympic
Sun said that Liu Xiang would attend less commercial
and social activities next year so as to get better prepared for the Beijing
Liu Xiang, a CPC member, saw Sun Haiping off when Sun
left for the CPC National Congress in Beijing.
Liu Xiang and Chinese basketball star Yao Ming have
been included in the second edition of the Encyclopedia of China.
While delivering a political report at the opening of
the CPC national congress on Monday, Hu Jintao appealed for the success of the
2008 Olympic Games.