Following was issued by the Information Services Department:
Hong Kong 2009 East Asian Games (EAG) mascots "Dony" and "Ami" will greet visitors at the Open Piazza of Times Square during an exhibition on the Games to be staged from Friday to Sunday (May 15-17).
The mascots will pose for the cameras with visitors from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday (May 16 and 17).
The exhibition covers the history of the EAG, Hong Kong's achievements in past EAGs, the Hong Kong 2009 East Asian Games Gallery, volunteer programme, theme song, countdown, and the graphics and design palette.
Also on display are EAG videos, interactive sports information, memorabilia and mascot standees for photo taking. EAG giveaways will be distributed while supplies last.
Roving exhibitions of different scale will be staged in the coming six months. This month, apart from the Times Square exhibition, another large-scale exhibition will be held at Sunshine City Plaza (Ma On Shan) from May 29 to 31, to be followed by eight other exhibitions at shopping malls on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories between June and November.
A total of 36 smaller-scale exhibitions are also being held in the 18 districts from March to December.
The exhibitions have been organised by the Information Services Department, in conjunction with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the Home Affairs Department, and the 2009 East Asian Games (Hong Kong) Limited.
The Hong Kong 2009 EAG will be held from December 5-13.
More than 3,000 athletes from nine countries and regions of East Asia will take part in more than 1,700 competitions to vie for 281 gold medals in 23 sports.
EAG participating countries/regions are China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Hong Kong China, Japan, Korea, Macau China, Mongolia, Chinese Taipei and Guam.
For more information about the Hong Kong 2009 EAG, please visit www.2009eastasiangames.hk .
Ends/Wednesday, May 13, 2009