The following was issued by 2009 East Asian Games (Hong Kong) Limited:
Hong Kong 2009 East Asian Games (EAG) will be held from 5 to 13 December 2009. The East Asian Games Association approved in September 2006 a total of 23 sports including shooting for 2009 EAG and the 2009 East Asian Games (Hong Kong) Limited (EAG Company) is responsible for the co-ordination and organisation work.
In planning of the 2009 EAG shooting events, the EAG Company has considered different options including the use of the new shooting centre proposed to be built at the Tuen Mun Pillar Point Landfill Site by the Hong Kong Shooting Association or using existing shooting venues to stage the shooting events. All along the EAG Company and relevant government departments including Leisure and Cultural Services Department have been working closely with the Hong Kong Shooting Association in the new shooting centre project.
As all competition schedules and venues of the 2009 EAG have to be finalised in November this year and the new shooting centre at Tuen Mun may not be ready before December 2009, the EAG Company and the Hong Kong Shooting Association decided to use the existing shooting venue at South China Athletic Association to stage the EAG shooting events. This proposal has also been approved by the Asian Shooting Federation and the East Asian Games Association. The alternative plan will not affect the preparation work of the 2009 EAG.
2009 EAG will have over 1,700 competitions under 23 sports. It is expected over 4,000 athletes and team officials will take part in 2009 EAG to compete for 281 gold medals. In comparison with the previous EAGs, 2009 EAG is the largest games with the most number of sports.
Ends/Friday, December 12, 2008