The family of the 14-year-old Chinese Olympic 10-meter diving champion Quan Hongchan has turned down a £30 million prize, it was reported by The Mirror on Wednesday, August 11.
After winning the Olympics in Tokyo, Hongchan said her goal was to earn money to help her mother, who suffered a serious accident four years ago. The athlete, after confessing, was offered real estate, unlimited supplies of spicy wheat latiao sticks (the champion’s favorite delicacy) and the equivalent of £30 million in cash.
At the same time, the hospital in Zhangqiang City offered to provide the mother and grandfather of the athlete a full range of medical services.
However, the girl’s father Wenmao refused all offers.
“I thank everyone for the offers, but I will not take a single penny,” the Mirror quotes Wenmao as saying.
The man did not explain the reasons for his decision.
Quan Hongchan won gold with 466.20 points in the 10-meter diving final. Russia’s Yulia Timoshinina finished 11th (263.00)