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Hong Kong to host 2009 East Asian Games


Hong Kong had won the bid for hosting the 5th East Asian Games in 2009, the East Asian Games Association announced in Macau this morning (November 3).

The Secretary for Home Affairs, Dr Patrick Ho, was delighted at the news, saying that it would be a great opportunity for Hong Kong to enhance its sports exchange with members of the East Asian community.

Dr Ho, who was also the patron of the bid committee, thanked the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC) and the bid committee for their efforts in making the bid a success.

"The vote has been taken. The hard work now begins. Over the next six years, all sectors of the community will work hand in hand to organise the best East Asian Games. This is our commitment," Dr Ho said.

The chairman of the bid committee, SF&OC President Timothy Fok, who presented Hong Kong's case before the East Asian Games Association Council yesterday (November 2), said that the whole process of organising and the games would be a strong galvanizing force in our community, a boost to the economy and an opportunity to revitalise Hong Kong's position as an international city.

The bid committee's vice-chairman, Director of Leisure and Cultural Services Ms Anissa Wong, said that the Government would upgrade its sports facilities to the required standard, and set up an appropriate institution to organise the games.

The bid committee held a lunch reception at the Government House today to thank the local sports community for their support.

The East Asian Games are held once every four years. They have previously been held in China, Japan and South Korea. The 2005 games will be held in Macau.

Ends/Monday, November 3, 2003

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