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.