Hong Kong News

Nonpartisan, Noncommercial, unconstrained.
Friday, Jun 21, 2024

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
It's always the people with the dirty hands pointing their fingers
Paper straws found to contain long-lasting and potentially toxic chemicals - study
FTX's Bankman-Fried headed for jail after judge revokes bail
Blackrock gets half a trillion dollar deal to rebuild Ukraine
Steve Jobs' Son Launches Venture Capital Firm With $200 Million For Cancer Treatments
Google reshuffles Assistant unit, lays off some staffers, to 'supercharge' products with A.I.
End of Viagra? FDA approved a gel against erectile dysfunction
UK sanctions Russians judges over dual British national Kara-Murza's trial
US restricts visa-free travel for Hungarian passport holders because of security concerns
America's First New Nuclear Reactor in Nearly Seven Years Begins Operations
Southeast Asia moves closer to economic unity with new regional payments system
Political leader from South Africa, Julius Malema, led violent racist chants at a massive rally on Saturday
Today Hunter Biden’s best friend and business associate, Devon Archer, testified that Joe Biden met in Georgetown with Russian Moscow Mayor's Wife Yelena Baturina who later paid Hunter Biden $3.5 million in so called “consulting fees”
'I am not your servant': IndiGo crew member, passenger get into row over airline meal
Singapore Carries Out First Execution of a Woman in Two Decades Amid Capital Punishment Debate
Spanish Citizenship Granted to Iranian chess player who removed hijab
US Senate Republican Mitch McConnell freezes up, leaves press conference
Speaker McCarthy says the United States House of Representatives is getting ready to impeach Joe Biden.
San Francisco car crash
This camera man is a genius
3D ad in front of Burj Khalifa
Next level gaming
BMW driver…
Google testing journalism AI. We are doing it already 2 years, and without Google biased propoganda and manipulated censorship
Unlike illegal imigrants coming by boats - US Citizens Will Need Visa To Travel To Europe in 2024
Musk announces Twitter name and logo change to X.com
The politician and the journalist lost control and started fighting on live broadcast.
The future of sports
Unveiling the Black Hole: The Mysterious Fate of EU's Aid to Ukraine
Farewell to a Music Titan: Tony Bennett, Renowned Jazz and Pop Vocalist, Passes Away at 96
Alarming Behavior Among Florida's Sharks Raises Concerns Over Possible Cocaine Exposure
Transgender Exclusion in Miss Italy Stirs Controversy Amidst Changing Global Beauty Pageant Landscape
Joe Biden admitted, in his own words, that he delivered what he promised in exchange for the $10 million bribe he received from the Ukraine Oil Company.
TikTok Takes On Spotify And Apple, Launches Own Music Service
Global Trend: Using Anti-Fake News Laws as Censorship Tools - A Deep Dive into Tunisia's Scenario
Arresting Putin During South African Visit Would Equate to War Declaration, Asserts President Ramaphosa
Hacktivist Collective Anonymous Launches 'Project Disclosure' to Unearth Information on UFOs and ETIs
Typo sends millions of US military emails to Russian ally Mali
Server Arrested For Theft After Refusing To Pay A Table's $100 Restaurant Bill When They Dined & Dashed
The Changing Face of Europe: How Mass Migration is Reshaping the Political Landscape
China Urges EU to Clarify Strategic Partnership Amid Trade Tensions
The Last Pour: Anchor Brewing, America's Pioneer Craft Brewer, Closes After 127 Years
Democracy not: EU's Digital Commissioner Considers Shutting Down Social Media Platforms Amid Social Unrest
Sarah Silverman and Renowned Authors Lodge Copyright Infringement Case Against OpenAI and Meta
Why Do Tech Executives Support Kennedy Jr.?
The New York Times Announces Closure of its Sports Section in Favor of The Athletic
BBC Anchor Huw Edwards Hospitalized Amid Child Sex Abuse Allegations, Family Confirms
Florida Attorney General requests Meta CEO's testimony on company's platforms' alleged facilitation of illicit activities
The Distorted Mirror of actual approval ratings: Examining the True Threat to Democracy Beyond the Persona of Putin
40,000 child slaves in Congo are forced to work in cobalt mines so we can drive electric cars.