Hong Kong News

Nonpartisan, Noncommercial, unconstrained.
Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Fok denies quitting as chairman of ice hockey body

Sports sector lawmaker Kenneth Fok Kai-kong has dismissed rumors that he is quitting as honorary chairman of the Hong Kong Ice Hockey Association, as the city's top sports body temporary suspended the association's membership for a month.
Fok yesterday said he supported the decision by the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China to suspend the association's membership, adding that the anthem blunder had exposed issues in the association's corporate management structure.

"The association did not give a full and timely account of the incident or a direct response even after the SF&OC repeatedly contacted association management for a meeting," he said.

Fok also said he will ensure that athletes' competitions and training activities will not be affected and will proceed in an orderly manner, once the association is disavowed.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the SF&OC gave the HKIHA a month to provide a written explanation on its handling of the national anthem at the Ice Hockey World Championship in February, together with a plan to improve corporate governance.

"The Executive Committee of the HKIHA obviously lacks internal communication and a clear division of roles and responsibilities among committee members," the statement said.

Pui Kwan-kay, honorary vice-president of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, blamed the HKIHA for its "lack of alertness." He also said suspending the association's official status and imposing funding cuts would not affect its eligibility in international competitions, adding that it would be reinstated if improvements are made.

In response, the HKIHA issued a statement signed by team manager Kan Yeung-kit claiming that the SF&OC "lit the first fuse" for the anthem blunder when it sent an e-mail on December 7 ordering the city's sports associations to send tournament organizers a download link to the anthem.

Last month, the HKIHA said the organizers were "unable to download the correct anthem" as the link provided by the SF&OC directs users to the official website of the Chinese central government, which is in simplified Chinese.

Vice-captain of the Hong Kong ice hockey team Alvin Sham Cheuk-him said that the team would have fewer opportunities to compete and that children would not be able to play if the government cuts funding to the association.

"Winning bronze in the Ice Hockey World Championship was a great start for us and if kids start training hard, they might be able to do even better," Sham said, requesting alternative punishments that would not jeopardize the team's development.

Separately, the local football association announced the new logos for itself and the Hong Kong team on Tuesday, after the SF&OC told local associations that they risk having funding pulled if they "China" is not included in their official names.

The new logos now read "The Football Association of Hong Kong, China" with the Chinese characters for "Hong Kong" on the left and "China" on the right.

Related Articles

Hong Kong News
Nvidia CEO Huang says firms, individuals without AI expertise will be left behind
WPP Revolutionizes Advertising with NVIDIA's AI Powerhouse
Two US Employees Fired For Chasing Robbers Out Of Store As They Broke ''Company Policy''
Pfizer, the EU, and disappearing ink - Smoke, Mirrors, and the Billion-Dose Pfizer Vaccine Deal: EU's 'Open Secret
The Sussexes' Royal Rebound: Could Harry and Meghan Markle Return to the UK?
A provocative study suggests: Left-Wing Extremism and its Unsettling Connection to Psychopathy and Narcissism
Neuralink Receives FDA Approval for First-in-Human Clinical Study
Ukrainian Intelligence Official Admits to Assassination Attempts on Putin
WATCH THIS: democracy in Russia is so bad!
Ed Davey: It is possible for a woman to have a penis
Bernard Arnault Loses $11.2 Billion in One Day as Investors Fear Slowdown in US Growth Will Reduce Demand for Luxury Products
Russian’s Wagner Group leader: “I am not a chef, I am a butcher. Russia is in danger of a revolution like in 1917.”
TikTok Sues Montana Over Law Banning the App
Ron DeSantis Jumps Into 2024 Presidential Race, Setting Up Showdown With Trump
Steve Jobs introducing Apple's iPhone, exactly 16 years ago.
Banking Behemoth vs Ex-Boss: The PMorgan-Epstein Entanglement
China overtakes Japan as world's top car exporter
Talks between US House Republicans and President Biden's Democratic administration on raising the federal government's $31.4tn debt ceiling have paused
Biden Administration Eyeing High-Profile Visits to China: The Biden Administration is heating things up by looking into setting up a series of top-level visits to Beijing by top officials in the coming months
New evidence in special counsel probe may undercut Trump’s claim documents he took were automatically declassified
A French court of appeals confirmed former President Nicolas Sarkozy's three-year jail term for corruption and influence peddling
Debt Ceiling Crises Have Unleashed Political Chaos
Weibao Wang, a former software engineer at Apple, was charged with stealing trade secrets related to autonomous systems, including self-driving cars
Mobile phone giant Vodafone to cut 11,000 jobs globally over three years as new boss says its performance not good enough
Elon Musk compares George Soros to Magneto, the supervillain from the Marvel Comics series.
Warren Buffett Sells TSMC Shares Over Concerns About Taiwan's Stability
New Study Finds That Secondary Bacterial Pneumonia Is a Major Cause of Death in COVID-19 Patients Who Require Ventilator Assistance
The official tapes of Trump's deposition in the E. Jean Carroll battery (rape) and defamation case have been released.
King Charles III being crowned.
Newly released video of Donald Trump’s rape trial deposition:
Video: Ukraine MP Punches Russian Representative At Global Meet
El Paso mayor has declared a state of emergency
Russia accused Ukraine of attacking the Kremlin with drones in an attempt to kill Putin
Dutch court orders man who fathered 550 kids to stop donating sperm
Kim Kardashian Lookalike Christina Ashten Dies Of Cardiac Arrest, Hours After Plastic Surgery
Samsung has banned employees from using generative AI services such as ChatGPT
'Godfather Of AI' Geoffrey Hinton Quits Google To Warn Of The Tech's Dangers
A Real woman
Vermont Man Charged with Stalking After Secretly Tracking Woman with Apple AirTag
Elon Musk Statements About Tesla Autopilot Could Be 'Deepfakes,' Lawyers Claim. Judge Evette Pennypacker Does Not Understand How Far and Advanced This Technology Became
Ukraine More Prepared for Counterattack as Reinforcements Arrive
Tucker Carlson is back, soon!
China Unveils Construction Road Map for Lunar Research Station
NetEase Launches Low-Code Platform to Help Businesses Develop Custom Apps
AT&T's Successful Test of Satellite-Based Phone Call Raises Possibility of Widespread Coverage
CNN: "Joe Biden is asking for four more years — when 74% of Americans think the country is heading the wrong way“
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Cuts Short Live TV Interview Due to Health Issue
5 men dressed as women agree that ALL white people are racist.
President Biden announced his campaign to run for a 2nd term.
Justin Trudeau vs. Trudeau Justin