Beijing: Cui Yongmei has proved there is nothing in this world which can deprive her of the love for refereeing. Not even a life-threatening event.
One of the best regarded female referees China PR has ever seen, Cui was announced to join the match officials’ team for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France. Just as she was working against the clock to prepare herself for her second women's football extravaganza - she worked as an assistant referee at Canada 2015 – Cui was urgently taken to hospital at the start of last year after an unexpected heart attack.
It proved to be an extremely dangerous heart problem which left her family and friends despairing. Despite that Cui had things on her mind, other than just her health. When she recovered consciousness from a coma, the first question she threw at the doctor was: "Can I continue my referee work? Will I be fit to go to the Women's World Cup? .....
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