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
HAPPY HONG KONG RETURN FROM ASIAN GAMES WITH LARGE HAUL
Incheon, 4 October, 2014 – The 17th Asian Games was an unqualified success for Hong Kong said top official Karl Kwok Chi-leung as the showpiece came to a glittering end at a colourful closing ceremony on Saturday.
"We didn’t match our gold medal haul from Guangzhou four years ago but we still won more medals than last time and I’m very proud of the effort everyone, not only the medal winners, put in," said Hong Kong chef de mission Kwok.
Hong Kong finished with a total of 42 medals – six gold, 12 silver and 24 bronze medals. Track cyclist Sarah Lee Wai-sze won a historic two gold medals becoming the first local athlete to do so at one Games, while the other four gold medals were won by gymnast Shek Wai-hung, windsurfers Cheng Kwok-fai and Hayley Chan Hei-man, and rower Lok Kwan-hoi.
It is the first time that Hong Kong had won gold medals in gymnastics and rowing, a fact which Kwok welcomed and said proved the standards were improving across the board.
"For me the two most outstanding moments of our Games came in the lightweight men’s singles scull when Lok became the first local rower to win an Asian Games gold medal as well as gymnast Shek’s achievement.
"Here we had a guy who fell at the London Olympics yet showed courage and determination to bounce back and win a gold medal. And he did it in style by beaten the Olympic and world champion," Kwok pointed out.
"While we have been very competitive at the Games, I have also noticed the maturity of our athletes has improved."
Hong Kong fielded its largest delegation at the Asian Games with a total of 643 members including a record 468 athletes and 175 officials. More team sports were also allowed to take part.
"We gave team sports the chance this time thanks to more support (funding) from the government but unfortunately we only got a silver medal in rugby sevens," Kwok said.
"We thought cricket could also get a bronze medal but that didn’t work out. Our footballers did well by reaching the second round where we met South Korea and I thought we played quite well holding them scoreless in the first half.
"But other than these examples, team sports did not fare quite as well but we will try and continue to support them. The next Asian Games (2018) is in Jakarta and that is also not too far away and if we have the funding we will continue to send team sports.
"But in the future they will have to start showing some results. We will carefully screen them," Kwok said.
With most of the athletes having returned home, only a small number of around 20 took part in the closing ceremony on Saturday night. There was no flag-bearer as organisers had deemed that all teams would walk in together following the style of the London Olympics.
"If we were comparing apples with apples, we won fewer gold medals and silver medals than in Guangzhou, but I’m still very happy with our overall effort. We are place 10th by number of medals won which is a great achievement for a territory like ours," Kwok added.
WINDSURFERS BOOST HONG KONG MEDAL TALLY AT ASIAN GAMES
Incheon, 1 October, 2014 – Hayley CHAN Hei-man and CHENG Kwok-fai were crowned with their gold medals as windsurfing finished with its best ever result at the Asian Games – two golds and two silvers – on Wednesday.
CHAN and CHENG were confirmed winners of the gold medals having dominated their respective events – women’s RS-X and men’s mistral – from the start but there was more joy for the sport when Andy LEUNG Ho-tsun and Sonia LO Sin-lam won silver medals on the final day of racing.
LEUNG finished strongly in last two races in the 12-race series in the men’s RS-X class to storm back from third place overall to grab a welcome silver. It was a crucial win in the 11th race which helped LEUNG edge past Thailand’s Ek BOONSAWAD who had to settle for the bronze medal.
“I am thrilled with my performance at the end. I started badly being disqualified but I’m very happy that I managed to fight back. This is my first Asian Games and I’m proud to have won a silver,” said LEUNG who also represented Hong Kong at the 2012 London Olympics.
Another games debutant Sonia LO also declared she was satisfied with her silver medal. LO taking art in the RS:One had hopes of grabbing gold when she began the last day one point behind China’s WENG Qiaoshan. But the mainlander won both the remaining races to ensure the gold medal was hers.
“I’m happy to have won silver,” said the 22-year-old LO.
The rich haul from windsurfing took Hong Kong’s medal tally to 11th overall in the standings, just behind India. Hong Kong has won six gold medals, eight silver and 22 bronze.
Mountain biker CHAN Chun-hing added to the silver haul when he finished second to China’s WANG Zhen over a grueling six-lap 27.6 kilometre course. CHAN, 33, had won gold in this event four years ago in Guangzhou.
“I’m happy to be winning medals at my age. This is likely to be my last Games,” CHAN said.
The hopes of Hong Kong increasing its gold medal tally will now lie in the hands of the men’s rugby team while the women’s rugby team also has chances of winning a medal.
The men’s cricket team, which has entered the semi-finals also has a good chance of adding to the medal haul.
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.
HAPPY HONG KONG DELEGATION CHIEF KARL KWOK HOPEFUL OF MORE
Incheon, 27 September, 2014 – Hong Kong should be proud of itself for its high-yielding performance at the halfway stage of the Asian Games said top official Karl KWOK Chi-leung on Saturday.
Hong Kong had collected four gold medals, five silvers and 18 bronzes to lie in eighth position overall in the medal standings, and was lying in fifth place by the total number of medals won, 27, as the halfway stage at the 17th Asian Games was reached.
“We should be proud of ourselves,” said Karl KWOK Chef de Mission. “Our athletes have done very well, even performing beyond expectations. We are close to around 30 medals and the way it is going, I’m quite hopeful we can better our performance in Guangzhou last time.”
Hong Kong won a total of 40 medals including eights golds, 15 silvers and 17 bronzes at the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games.
Hong Kong’s gold medal tally is bound to increase by two with windsurfers Hayley CHAN Hei-man and CHENG Kwok-fai in unassailable positions in the women’s RS:X and men’s mistral classes respectively.
With two more races to go, both CHAN and CHENG are assured of gold medals holding unbeatable positions after the 10th race. Two more Hong Kong windsurfers, Sonia LO Sin-lam in the women’s RS:One, and Andy LEUNG Ho-tsun in the men’s RS:X also have a chance of winning gold.
“I was really worried about numbers (of medals). But our first week performance has been outstanding,” KWOK said. “We won quite a few unexpected medals like in gymnastics when SHEK Wai-hung defeated the Olympic and world champion to win gold.
“That was quite something. Usually the gymnastics event is ruled by China and South Korea but here we had a loner from Hong Kong surprising all of us. We are very proud of him,” KWOK added.
In cycling, Jamie WONG Wan-yiu won a bronze medal in the women’s individual time trial road race to push Hong Kong’s bronze medal tally to 18.
“The possibilities are there (to surpass the total medals won in Guangzhou) if the bronzes keep rolling in like this. Table tennis is still on going, and also rugby where the men’s team has a good chance of winning a medal. I also understand the Hong Kong men’s cricket team has a good chance so things are looking up,” said a pleased KWOK.
SARAH LEE COMPLETES DOUBLE AND ENTERS HISTORY BOOKS
Incheon, 25 September, 2014 – Sarah LEE Wai-sze became the first Hong Kong athlete to win two gold medals at one Asian Games when she completed a cycling double on Thursday.
LEE grabbed with both hands a second chance to win the gold medal in the women’s individual sprint when her Chinese opponent ZHONG Tianshi was disqualified in the second race and that opening was enough for the Hong Kong star to win gold.
LEE, who had won gold in the women’s keirin earlier in the week, won a dramatic third race decider against China’s former world champion ZHONG who was penalized in the second race after she entered the sprinter’s lane when LEE was already there.
ZHONG had won the first race and seemed to have edged LEE in the second race too. But her relegation gave LEE the opening as the duel was pushed the battle into a tense third race where LEE just managed to ward off the mainland ace for gold.
The gold medal in track cycling ended a successful day for Hong Kong who had also won two silver medals in rowing and a historical gold medal in gymnastics.
Singles sculler LEE Ka-man admitted she failed to produce her best as she had to settle for silver for the second successive day as Hong Kong grabbed another two silver medals in rowing on Thursday.
LEE, 27, struggled in the lightweight single sculls to finish second behind South Korea’s JI Yoo-jin who won the gold medal in the 2,000 metres race finishing in eight minutes one second. LEE finished five seconds behind on 8:06.06.
“I could not deliver my best. Perhaps I put too much pressure on myself and that affected my performance,” said LEE who had also won a silver medal in the open category of this same event on Wednesday.
LEE was disappointed as she normally clocked under eight minutes for the race but she failed to produce that form when it mattered. Yet she will return with two silver medals as Hong Kong rowing finished on a high with its best result at the Asian Games – one gold and four silvers.
The men’s quartert added to the tally winning silver in lightweight quadruple sculls. CHOW Kwong-wing, KWAN Ki-cheong, LEUNG Chun-shek and TANG Chiu-mang and combined well to finish runner-up, six seconds behind the powerful crew from China who won the gold in 6:01.05.
Hong Kong won its first gold medal in rowing at the Asian Games on Wednesday when LOK Kwan-hoi triumphed in the men’s lightweight single sculls.
Gymnast SHEK Wai-hung completed Hong Kong’s superb day when he won a gold medal in the men’s vault. SHEK totaled 15.216 to ward off the challenge from home favourite YANG Hak Seon, 15.200, who had to settle for silver.
SHEK's efforts gave Hong Kong it’s fourth gold medal at the Games.
LOK MAKES HISTORY WINNING FIRST ASIAN GOLD MEDAL IN ROWING FOR HONG KONG
Incheon, 24 September, 2014 – LOK Kwan-hoi fought off South Korean opponent LEE Hak Beom to enter the history books by becoming the first Hong Kong rower to win an Asian Games gold medal.
LOK, 27, grabbed gold in the men’s lightweight single sculls and led the charge of rowers who also won two silver medals on Wednesday to propel Hong Kong up the medal standings.
A determined LOK held off a late spurt by Korean LEE to win the gruelling 2,000 metre race at a rainswept Chungju Tangeum Lake Rowing Centre in seven minutes 25.04 seconds.
Hong Kong’s two silver medals were won by LEE Ka-man in the women’s singles sculls and CHOW Kwong-wing and Tang Chiu-man in the men’s lightweight double sculls.
“I’m really happy to be the first Hong Kong rower to win a gold medal at the Asian Games,” said a beaming LOK who was taking part in his third Asian Games. “I put in a lot of hard work for these Games and I’m happy it has paid off.”
LOK, who finished fourth in this same event at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou had to fight hard for success. He led from the start but lost his lead to India’s Dushiant DUSHYANT at the 500 metre mark before clawing it back. Then in the closing stages, LOK had to ward off home favourite LEE who was closing in quickly.
“It was a very challenging race for LOK and he did very well to hang in and win it,’ said proud Hong Kong head coach Chris PERRY. “The conditions out here was hard and despite the attentions of the other two rowers, he kept calm and composed under pressure.”
LEE won the silver medal in 7:25.95 while DUSHYANT took bronze in 7:26.57.
LEE Ka-man also turned in a superb performance to grab silver in the women’s single sculls, South Korean KIM Yeuil won gold in 8:46.52 with LEE second in 8:59.91. TA Thanh Huyen from Vietnam took the bronze medal in 9:16.36.
The medal success was welcomed by Chef de Mission Karl KWOK Chi-leung who said: “Every little bit counts. We expected Rowing to do well but this is exceptional. Our target is the 40 medals we won in Guangzhou and there is still a long way to go.”
The Rowing haul lifted Hong Kong on Wednesday into ninth place overall in the medal standings with a tally of 16 medals including two gold, three silver and 11 bronze medals.
On Tuesday, GENG Xiaoling won Hong Kong a silver medal in Wushu in Women’s Changquan.
BITTER_SWEET DAY FOR HONG KONG AS THEY WON THREE MORE BRONZE MEDALS
Incheon, 22 September, 2014 – Hong Kong added three more bronze medals on Monday with squash and fencing the successful sports. But it was still a day of missed opportunities as the chance to win medals of a higher quality was spurned.
It was bitter-sweet for squash with Max Lee Ho-yin taking the bronze medal and becoming the first male player to win an individual medal since Faheem Khan’ s bronze at the Bangkok 1998 Asian Games.
But Lee, 25, was left ruing his missed chance to go for gold after losing a tense semi-final to Abdullah Al Muzayen of Kuwait losing 11-6, 8-11, 11-4, 6-11, 8-11.
“I’ m disappointed to lose as I thought I could win a gold or a silver medal. But he is a difficult opponent to play, I have met him twice before and lost 3-2 on both occasions. But at least I have the bronze,” said Lee.
In the women’ s semi-finals, Annie Au Wing-chi struggled to find her bearings on the all-glass centre court to lose to Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern 9-11, 5-11, 5-11.
“It was difficult out there. I was struggling to get used to the ball and the court while my opponent had played twice on centre court before. I’ m a little bit disappointed,” said Au who won a silver medal four years ago in Guangzhou.
In Au’s case, defeat was expected, at least on paper with her opponent ranked seventh in the world, four places above the Hong Kong girl. But in Lee’s case, he is currently ranked 20th in the world, 26 places higher than his Kuwaiti opponent.
With no third place play-off, both Lee and Au won bronze medals. They now turn their attention to the team events.
Hong Kong’s other success on Monday came in fencing with Vivian Kong Man-wai clinching bronze in the women’s epee individual. It took the overall medal tally to one gold and six bronze medals.
There was disappointment in the pool for Hong Kong ace Siobhan Haughey who missed out on a bronze, finishing fourth in the women’s 100 metres swimming freestyle final.
“This result was not what I expected. I am not happy,” said Haughey who finished with a time of 54.94.
TRACK CYCLIST SARAH LEE WINS HONG KONG’S FIRST GOLD IN INCHEON
Incheon, 21 September, 2014 – Cycling golden girl Sarah LEE Wai-sze won Hong Kong its first medal at the 17th Asian Games, and it was golden too, as she blitzed a strong field in the women’s keirin final on Sunday.
Hong Kong’s Olympic-winning track cyclist, she won a bronze medal in this same event at the 2012 London Olympics, was in domineering form as she swept to victory over Malaysia’s surprise silver medallist Fatehah Binti MUSTAPA and China’s ZHONG Tianshi who had to settle for bronze.
“I didn’t realise this was also the first gold for Hong Kong, but I am very happy to have made it,” said delighted LEE. “But it is not over for I want to win the sprint as well.”
Chinese riders ZHONG and LIN Junhong made their move in the penultimate lap of the six-lap race but LEE refused to relinquish her lead to give Hong Kong the first taste of victory in Incheon.
It was the second Asian Games gold medal for the 27-year-old LEE who had also clinched glory on the track in the 500 metres time trial in Guangzhou in 2010.
All the months of hard work LEE put in for these Games ended in joy and delight as she punched the air after she crossed the line. She gave high fives with team officials before going on a victory lap with the Bauhinia Flag.
LEE had trained since July in northeast South Korea on a track similar to the one at the outdoor Incheon International velodrome which has a lap-distance of 333 metres instead of the usual 250 metres.
But it hardly mattered for the Hong Kong champion as she breezed through her heat finishing first, and ahead of former world record-holder ZHONG in the 2000 metres, and laying a marker for the final.
She said before the race that Hong Kong and hosts Korea would have an advantage of having got acclimatized to the track conditions and her words were proven right as she triumphed in style.
LEE who took up cycling 11 years ago after being identified in the Hong Kong Rising Star’s programme, was full of smiles as she posed for photographers and when she was garlanded with the gold medal by Timothy FOK Tsun-ting, President of SF&OC.
Her victory will not go un-noticed in government circles with the Secretary for Home Affairs TSANG Tak-sing who was spotted celebrating her victory among the large crowd.
LEE is also tipped for gold in the individual sprint became a star in Hong Kong when she won the first cycling medal at an Olympics, and only the third overall following LEE Lai-shan’s windsurfing gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the silver medal won by men’s table tennis duo LI Ching and KO Lai-chak at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Hong Kong also won two bronze medals in fencing and one bronze medal in Swimming. LIN Po-heung grabbed the medal in the women’s individual foil event while LAM Hin-chung clinched the other in men’s individual sabre. Women’s 4x100 freestyle relay team (AU Hoi Shun Stephanie, CHENG Camille Lily Mei, Siobhan Bernadette HAUGHEY and SZE Hang Yu) won the third bronze medal.
HONG KONG ACCOMPANY HOSTS SOUTH KOREA INTO STADIUM AT COLURFUL OPENING CEREMONY
Incheon, 19 September, 2014 - A 200-strong Hong Kong contingent was the last team, but one, to enter the 61,000-capacity stadium at Friday night’s opening but Delegation Chief Karl C. KWOK hoped it was not an omen as far as results are concerned at the 17th Asian Games which gets underway in earnest on Saturday.
“According to the Korean alphabet, H is the last word and as such we were the last team to march out but since South Korea are the hosts, and since the hosts traditionally come last, we came out just before them. I hope being the last alphabet in the Korean language does not mean we will be last in everything,” joked KWOK.
The Hong Kong Chef de Mission labelled the Opening Ceremony as “colourful” and praised the Incheon Asian Games Organising Committee for putting on a “well-orchestrated show”.
KWOK said: “It was fun and entertaining. They did a good job and everything worked smoothly.” The Hong Kong squad had been led out by Windsurfer CHENG Kwok-fai with delegation chief KWOK as well as fellow Vice-President of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC) Brian STEVENSON at the head of the smartly-clad Hong Kong team.
Timothy FOK Tsun-ting, President of SF&OC, was in the VIP stands and waved heartily as Hong Kong marched by.
South Korea President PARK Geun-hye opened the 17th Incheon Asian Games with the words: “I declare the opening of the 17th Asian Games” watched by Thomas BACH, the president of the International Olympic Committee and Sheikh Ahmaf Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, President of the OCA.
The glittering ceremony involved K-Pop boy band EXO who performed while actress and model LEE Young-ae lit the Asian Games cauldron. A full house watched a multi-coloured blaze of fireworks commence the ceremony and then danced in the stands as Korean idol Psy ended the show with a stirring rendition of his famous song Gangnam Style which had the athletes as well swaying to the beat.
“That was the best part of the opening ceremony,” said Ishitaa GIDWANI, captain of the Hong Kong Women’s Cricket team. “I was there in Gunagzhou as well, four years ago but I thought this one was better simply because we got to interact with a lot of other athletes.
“We arrived at the stadium at 5.30pm and as we the last team, other than Korea, to march out, we had to wait until almost 9pm. But we didn’t feel the time as we got to meet other athletes,” GIDWANI said.
GIDWANI and nine other girls from the Hong Kong Women’s Cricket team took part in the march while the rest of her teammates watched from the stands.
GANGNAM STYLE WELCOME FOR HONG KONG DELEGATION AT INCHEON ATHLETES’ VILLAGE
(Incheon, 18 September, 2014) – Hong Kong’s Asian Games squad led by Chef de Mission Karl C. KWOK was officially welcomed into the Athletes’ Village by its Mayor Elisa LEE who urged athletes to “forge a strong friendship” with the people of Incheon.
A colourful and brief Flag-Raising Ceremony involving circus clowns and a K-Pop Boy group which break-danced and moved Gangnam Style began the proceedings as athletes and spectators basked in warm afternoon sunshine.
Mayor LEE then welcomed host nation South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Macau,China, Oman, Cambodia and Hong Kong, China to the Athletes’ Village which will host more than 14,000 athletes and officials from 45 countries over the next 16-days of competition.
“We hope you can share your culture and forge a strong friendship while you are here,” Mayor LEE said.
Hong Kong have sent its largest squad to the Asian Games - 472 athletes – but only a handful turned up at the Flag-raising Ceremony with Cycling, Squash, Shooting and Sailing represented.
“Most of the other athletes who are here are training,” said PANG Chung, Hon. Secretary General of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China who also participated in the Ceremony. “Our Men’s Football team is actually playing a match and if they win they will have a high chance to qualify for the last 16.”
Hong Kong was due to meet Afghanistan in their second game in the preliminary round-robin competition. Having pulled off a superb 1-1 draw against favourites Uzbekistan earlier, coach KIM Pan-gon’s team are on the verge of making it into the last 16.
“We decided that we would send more team sports this time than in the past as we have been told in the past that we don’t support team sports enough,” said Hong Kong Delegation head Karl KWOK.
Hong Kong will be represented in 9 team sports including Volleyball, Rugby, Cricket, Hockey, Handball, Football, Basketball, Baseball and Water Polo. Most sports has also sent women’s teams.
“As long as they met the standards we set, we allowed them to come along. The government has been good enough to increase our subvention and with that financial help, we are fielding our largest-ever squad at the Asian Games,” KWOK added.
It will however fall to an athlete from an individual sport to carry the Bauhinia Flag at the Opening Ceremony on Friday night – Windsurfer CHENG Kwok-fai being given the honour. “I feel honored to have been nominated by the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China to be the flag bearer at the opening ceremony at the 17th Asian Games and to represent the Hong Kong SAR at this important event. This is my second time to participate in the Asian Games and my first time to become the flag bearer. I have been training full time for 14 years and look forward to this unique experience. I know everyone in HKG is supporting us and I also wish the Hong Kong team athletes all the best and can assure everyone we will all fight hard to achieve our targets.” CHENG said.
KWOK said he was happy with the facilities provided by the Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee and was looking forward to a successful Games.
KWOK also exchanged gifts and souvenirs with Mayor LEE at the end of the Ceremony.
Flag Presentation Ceremony for the Hong Kong’s twin delegations to the 2014 Asian Games and the 2014 Youth Olympic Games
Hong Kong’s twin delegations to the 2014 Asian Games and the 2014 Youth Olympic Games were presented with the Bauhinia Flag by Messrs. Tsang Tak-sing, Secretary for Home Affairs and Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, President of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China at a Flag Presentation Ceremony on August 7. Hong Kong will send a record 659-strong delegation to the 17th Asian Games in Incheon in September and it will include 472 athletes and 187 team officials as they chase medal glory in Incheon at the September 19-October 4 multi-sports Games. Hong Kong won a record 40 medals four years ago in Guangzhou – 8 gold medals, 15 silver and 17 bronze – and the target will be to match this effort, if not better it by the largest contingent of local athletes to take part at the Asian Games. In Guangzhou, Hong Kong was represented by 396 athletes. “This will be the largest contingent of athletes we will be sending and I’m hopeful we can do well once again and match our record-breaking performance in 2010 in Guangzhou,” the President, Timothy T.T. Fok said. The Incheon Games delegation will be led by Chef de Mission Karl C. Kwok and will take part in 31 sports: Aquatics (Diving/Swimming/Synchronized Swimming/ Water Polo), Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Canoe, Cricket, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Karate, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing (Sailing and Windsurfing), Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball (Volleyball and Beach Volleyball), Weightlifting and Wushu (Sanda/ Taolu).
The Hong Kong Delegation led by Kenneth K.K. Fok to the 2nd Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing will be 33-strong including 18 athletes.
At the YOG, Hong Kong will be represented in 8 sports: Aquatics (swimming), Badminton, Equestrian, Fencing, Golf, Table Tennis, Triathlon and Windsurfing. Badminton and Golf will be making a first appearance at the Youth Olympics. Leading swimmer Stephanie Au Hoi-shun will travel with the delegation as a young ambassador. Mr. Timothy TT Fok, President of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China will also accompany the squad for the second Youth Olympic Games from August 16-24.
Hong Kong will be aiming to better its performance at the inaugural Youth Olympics held in Singapore in 2010 when it returned home with two silver medals won in equestrian by Jasmine Lai Zin-man and in sailing by Micheal Cheng Chun-leung. “We are hopeful that our athletes can come back with more glory with all of them having won their places through a tough qualification process internationally,” said Timothy Fok. “I’m confident Hong Kong will continue to showcase itself with pride on the global stage.” More than 6,000 athletes and officials from all around the world will gather in Nanjing for the second edition of the multi-sport Games which is nearly double the size of that held in Singapore. The Games will also feature cultural exchange programme and opportunities for participants to meet leading Olympic athletes. Among a cast of high-profile names is Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming.
The International Olympic Committee chooses role models for each edition of the Youth Olympic Games to help spread word of the event and inspire young people to get active and enjoy sport. Sports stars Chad le Clos and Michelle Wie will also join Yao Ming as role models. Moreover, Samantha Lam, Hong Kong Equestrian athlete, named Equestrian athlete role model for Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
The Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China 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 for its sponsorship of sports uniform and Kee Wah Bakery for its sponsorship of gift set to the Delegations of the two Games. Also, special thanks to Kent & Curwen for sponsoring official uniform, Korean Air for sponsoring air tickets, Lenovo (Hong Kong) Limited for sponsoring computer equipment and Samsung Electronics H.K. Co. Ltd. for sponsoring mobile device to the delegation members of Incheon 2014 Asian Games.
Lastly, the Federation would like to wish the Hong Kong, China Delegation all the best at the coming Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games and the Incheon 2014 Asian Games.
Issued By: Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China
Issue Date: 7 August 2014