GRAND RECEPTION TO FÊTE INCHEON 2014 ASIAN GAMES MEDALLISTS AND FLAG PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR PHUKET 2014 ASIAN BEACH GAMES SQUAD
Hong Kong, 15 October, 2014 – Hong Kong’s successful group of athletes from the Incheon Asian Games feted at a reception attended by the Hon. C.Y. LEUNG, GBM, GBS, JP, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the Harbour Grand Hong Kong on Wednesday, 15 October 2014.
Along with the Welcome Home Reception, the Flag Presentation Ceremony was also held for the Hong Kong Delegation taking part in the Phuket 2014 Asian Beach Games (ABG) next month.
Hong Kong’s largest-ever squad of 468 athletes and 175 officials led by Chef de Mission Mr. Karl C. KWOK, MH and Deputy Chefs de Mission Ms. Vivien C. C. LAU, BBS, JP, Mr. T. Brian STEVENSON, SBS, JP and Mr. PUI Kwan-kay, BBS, MH returned from the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, with a record of 42 medals including six gold, 12 silver and 24 bronze medals.
The athletes were greeted by Chief Executive the Hon. C.Y.LEUNG who addressed the gathering same as the President of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China Mr. Timothy T.T. FOK, GBS, JP.
Certificates of Commendation were presented to all medallists by the Chief Executive and also by the Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs Mrs. Betty FUNG, JP and Mr. FOK.
Immediately after this first ceremony, the Bauhinia Flag was presented by Mrs. Betty FUNG, JP to Ms. Vivien C.C. LAU, Chef de Mission of the Hong Kong, China Delegation to the Phuket 2014 ABG.
Hong Kong will be represented by a 126-strong delegation including 82 athletes and 44 officials at the Phuket 2014 ABG from 14 - 23 November 2014.
Hong Kong will take part in 13 of the 26 medal events. They are: Beach Water-Polo, Marathon Swimming, Beach Athletics, Extreme Sports, Beach Handball, Muay Thai, Sailing, Windsurfing, Squash, Triathlon, Beach Volleyball, Water Ski and Woodball.
Over the last three ABG, held every two years, Hong Kong has collected a haul of 12 medals – three gold, four silver and five bronze medals.
The Games in the holiday resort city of Thailand will be run under the slogan “Celebrate Charming Sunshine” and will be held on two sites – Patong beach and Karon beach.
The Federation acknowledged the support of the Home Affairs Bureau and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department for their generous help. Special thanks should also go to FILA Marketing (Hong Kong) Limited and Kee Wah Bakery for its sponsorship to the Delegations of the two Games. Also, special thanks to Kent & Curwen, Korean Air, Lenovo (Hong Kong) Limited, Shun Hing Group and Samsung Electronics H.K. Co. Ltd. for sponsoring the delegation members of Incheon 2014 Asian Games.
Issued by: Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China
Date: 15 October 2014