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Warm welcome back for Hong Kong athletes

Hundreds of children and members of the public greeted the Hong Kong delegation to the Olympic Games for their outstanding achievement upon their arrival at the Hong Kong International Airport and Hong Kong Cultural Centre today (August 31).

Addressing at the welcoming ceremony at the airport, the Secretary for Home Affairs, Dr Patrick Ho, said: "I hope that the entire community will join hand to fully support Hong Kong athletes for having even better achievement at other international sports events in the future."

Dr Ho said that the 33-member Hong Kong Olympic delegation participated in ten sports events. Apart from winning Hong Kong's first silver medal in men's table tennis doubles, he noted that other athletes had also attained good results.

"Their marvellous results were very encouraging and exciting," he added.

Led by the President of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, Mr Timothy Fok and the Chef de Mission of the delegation, Mr Victor Hui, the delegation was also received by the Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs, Ms Shelley Lee and the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Anissa Wong.

Besides, both parents of the two table tennis silver medallists, Mr Li Ching and Mr Ko Lai-chak, were present at the welcoming ceremonies.

The Chief Executive, Mr Tung Chee Hwa, attended the welcoming ceremony at the Main Foyer of the ground floor of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in the afternoon.

Ends/Tuesday, August 31, 2004
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