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Tuesday, Oct 04, 2022

Legislators limbering up for 2025 National Games

Hong Kong could host water sports and golf events in the 2025 National Games, Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui Ying-wai said in the Legislative Council yesterday.
Hong Kong will be a joint host for the 15th National Games with Guangdong and Macau.

The SAR has obvious advantages for organizing water sports events, Tsui said, and also has golf courses for big events. Fencing, table tennis and badminton are also strong points in the SAR, he said, and the cycling Velodrome and Kai Tak Sports Park could be standout venues.

Besides having other stadiums and areas for international sports, he added, Hong Kong has experience in staging big events, plus transport and hotel support for competitors and spectators.

Many legislators asked during the session whether Hong Kong could host the opening and closing ceremonies, with Tsui responding that the venues are yet to be selected.

Meanwhile, the SAR will soon begin discussions with Guangdong and Macau authorities on preparatory work,

On the overall planning of sports facilities in Hong Kong, Tsui said authorities will follow people's preferences. On that, he cited the increasing popularity of skateboarding competitions.

On proposals to introduce tax incentives for the business sector to encourage them to invest in sports development, Tsui said after the Tokyo Olympics people have noted the benefits that can be gained.

Back to the present, Hong Kong athletes continued delivering strong performances in the 11th National Games for Persons With Disabilities and the eighth National Special Olympic Games in Shaanxi, including winning another bronze medal in a track and field event.

Runner Yam Kwok-fan secured her second bronze in a women's 200 meters sprint event with a time of 35.1 seconds. Teammate Yu Chun-lai was 1.75 seconds behind, which gave her a fourth place.

Yam placed third in a women's 100 meters sprint earlier.

And sprinters Chong Kung-yuen and Yim Ching-hei have reached a men's 400m final after placing sixth and seventh in their qualifiers respectively.

Hong Kong athletes have altogether bagged eight golds, one silver and six bronzes.

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