Following the completion of the Closing Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games tonight (August 24), the operation of the Olympic Live Sites in Victoria Park and Sha Tin Park set up by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) also ended tonight.
At the Main Plaza of Sha Tin Park, thousands of people were attracted to witness the Closing Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games shown on TV screens.
Speaking at the Live Sites Closing Ceremony, the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Thomas Chow, said, "The live broadcast of the competition events on giant TV screens installed at the Live Sites during the Olympic Games have provided the public with an alternative to cheer for athletes of all nations, and provide them with an opportunity to have a closer involvement with the Games.
Since the Games started on August 8, more than 100,000 people have visited the two Live Sites, watching the competitions and the stage performances with different cultural characteristics and taking part in a diverse array of sports and games stalls. Local and overseas art groups also performed at the Live Sites, reflecting the multi-cultural backdrop of Hong Kong. The ambience of the Games has reflected Hong Kong's status as a cosmopolitan city where Western and Eastern cultures converge.
Mr Chow said that although Hong Kong athletes did not get any medals this time, they had spared no efforts and contributed their best, with some breaking many Hong Kong records. They all deserved our salute.
Mr Chow said that the Olympic spirit would not diminish. The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games would begin on September 6, about two weeks later. At that time, an Olympic Live Site will be set up at the same location in Sha Tin Park. He hoped that members of the public would come again to show support to the athletes.
The closing ceremony started at 6.30pm and the atmosphere reached a climax following a series of programmes by singers, and sports and cultural performances. Mr Chow presented souvenirs to representatives of the Civil Aid Service and Hong Kong St. John Ambulance. Mr Chow, the Director of Home Affairs, Mrs Pamela Tan, and the Convenor of the Non-official Members of the Executive Council, Mr Leung Chun-ying then presented prizes to those schools that won awards in the Beijing 2008 Cheering Campaign.
Guests and those participating in the ceremony shared the joy in watching the Games highlights and the Closing Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The two Hong Kong Olympic Live Sites ended operation after the ceremony.
End/Sunday, August 24, 2008
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department hosted the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Live Sites in Hong Kong at the Main Plaza of Sha Tin Park tonight (August 24) attracting thousands of people to witness the Closing Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games shown on TV screens. The two Hong Kong Olympic Live Sites at Victoria Park and Sha Tin Park were then accomplished after the ceremony.
Picture shows Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Thomas Chow delivering a speech at the ceremony.
Picture shows Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Thomas Chow presenting souvenir to representative of the uniform groups.
Picture shows Director of Home Affairs, Mrs Pamela Tan, presenting prize to one of the schools that was awarded in the "Beijing 2008 Cheering Campaign".
The atmosphere at Sha Tin Olympic Live Site was heated up as the Closing Ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games commenced.