TOP HONG KONG OFFICIALS PROUD OF ATHLETE’S INCHEON PERFORMANCE
Incheon, 30 September, 2014 – Top Hong Kong Olympic Committee officials yesterday praised local athletes for their dedication and for setting new records as Hong Kong reached a total of 29 medals at the 17th Asian Games with five more days of competition left.
“We are very proud of our athletes. This is the largest delegation - of more than 600 - we have sent to the Asian Games and they have done us proud,” said PANG Chung, Hon. Secretary General of the Hong Kong Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China.
PANG said: “I have to thank the athletes for their dedication without which we couldn’t have achieved these results. I wish good luck to those athletes who are still to compete.”
The exceptional performance of track cyclist Sarah LEE Wai-sze was singled out by PANG who praised the 27-year-old for her double gold medal effort in the women’s keirin and sprint races.
“She is the first Hong Kong athlete to win two gold medals at the same Asian Games. We also had a few other records – winning gold medals for the first time in rowing and gymnastics, of which these athletes must be proud of. We certainly are proud of them,” PANG said.
Chef de Mission Karl KWOK Chi-leung said while the benchmark was the 40 medals won at the last Games in Guangzhou, Hong Kong should be proud of their achievement.
“Whether we can match the 40 is no longer important,” KWOK said, “Considering that some sports (which Hong Kong won medals in last time) was not included, we have come close. And there are still a few more days to go and we are already assured of two gold medals from windsurfing.
“In addition we have some strong contenders in team sports, mainly rugby sevens and cricket, so hopefully our medal count will increase,” KWOK added.
YEUNG Sze-wai, a member of the women’s water polo team said her team had given their best at the Games.
“We didn’t come here to beat the world but we did our best,” said YEUNG.