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Ice hockey boss doesn't want to run out clock

Ice hockey boss doesn't want to run out clock

A report will be submitted next week by Hong Kong's ice hockey association to explain the national anthem blunder, team leader Annie Kwan Yuen-yee says.
That would be several days ahead of the May 4 deadline set by the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong.

Speaking yesterday with three women's team members after their historic triumph at an international championship on Sunday, Kwan admitted there was room for improvement.

"I didn't handle the anthem to the best of my ability, but the most important thing is to look ahead and do better in the future," she said, referring to a mix-up at another international competition where a protest song was played in place of the national anthem.

"Everything that happened is all in there. I won't talk about other things -just the entire process from start to finish. It's simply the naked truth," Kwan said, adding that she had reviewed and strengthened her standard operational procedures in making sure the correct anthem is played.

At the tournament on Sunday, Kwan managed to prevent another gaffe by double-checking the organizer's audio files.

She said the organizer downloaded a copy of an incorrect song from the internet even after she provided a USB drive with the audio file on it, and sent an email with a reminder that online search results could be inaccurate.

Kwan previously said she handed the USB drive over to the organizer, but a different person in charge of playing the file had downloaded a copy of an incorrect song from the internet.

She also said Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism Kevin Yeung Yun-hung should applaud her efforts to promote Chinese culture by handing out Chinese paper art at the tournament in Romania.

Vice-captain Ophelia Kwok Hoi-kei, a founding team member with 18 years of experience, said the victory came after a long streak of losses that left her feeling nothing, recalling the team's biggest defeat in 2017.

Kwok's team got thrashed 46-0 by Japan at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, she said, adding that she was thrilled with the local team's win.

She said the blunder in February drew more attention to the sport, but athletes getting more media attention recently was a good thing.

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