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Sunday, May 26, 2024

HKJC hosts special race in celebration of local para-athletes

The Hong Kong Jockey Club held the Hong Kong Sports Association for the Physically Disabled 50th Anniversary Raceday at Sha Tin Racecourse Sunday to celebrate local para-athletes and the Association’s five-decade milestone.
Para-athletes, government officials, and leaders of sports associations joined the event, which featured the HKSAPD 50th Anniversary Cup race. The cup was won by Dream Winner for trainer Frankie Lor and jockey Vincent Ho.

Other races on the day’s card were named for elite para-sports developed outstandingly by the HKSAPD, as well as coaches and volunteers in honour of their contributions to para-sports.

With the theme of “Passing the Torch for New Heights”, video highlights of para-athletes in action were screened during the race day. Para-athletes, including Paralympic Medalist Alison Yu, So Wa-wai and Wong Pui-yi, also shared their stories of pursuing their goals.

Secretary for Culture, Sports, and Tourism Kevin Yeung Yun-hung was invited to officiate the race meeting and remarked that the leadership and support of the HKSAPD have allowed Hong Kong’s athletes with disabilities to achieve outstanding results in international sports competitions.

He stated that the resources allocated by the government to sports development for people with disabilities have increased substantially in recent years. The estimate of expenditure for this fiscal year is HK$130 million, an increase of more than 80 percent compared to five years ago, he added.

The Jockey Club Chairman Michael Lee Tze-hau, who is also Vice President of the HKSAPD, praised the achievements of home-grown para-athletes at the Paralympic Games during his opening remarks.

He added that HKJC has been dedicated to promoting sports across all levels over the years and enabling people of different ages, backgrounds, and abilities to enjoy sports. The club also supports local sports development by returning betting and lottery revenues to the community through tax payments and charitable donations.

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