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Corporate Games 2004 open with fanfare

The 15th Corporate Games opened today (October 3) at the Aberdeen Sports Ground with a ceremony cum carnival attended by 6,000 people.

Organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), the opening ceremony of this year's annual sports mega event was also an occasion to celebrate the National Day.

The Corporate Games, a series of multi-sport competitions lasting four months, are organised for employers and employees of local industrial and commercial sectors. More than 200 organisations with about 10 000 participants are taking part this year.

There will be 14 competitive events. These include swimming, squash, badminton, 11-a-side soccer, track and field, table tennis, tennis, 7-a-side mini-soccer, basketball, volleyball, snooker, distance run, indoor rowing and a dynamic moments photo contest. The events will be held until January 2005 at various venues throughout the territory.

Today's opening ceremony was officiated by the Secretary for Home Affairs, Dr Patrick Ho, and the Chairman of the Community Sports Committee, Mr Chau How-chen.

Dr Ho said, "Hong Kong has a work force of more than three million. The Corporate Games aim at encouraging them to strengthen themselves with regular exercise so as to meet the challenges at work, and at fostering espirit de corps and a sense of belonging within corporations."

The programmes of the opening ceremony included march-in of athletes, wushu and gymnastics performances, a 4 x 100m relay for media organisations, and a CEO Invitation Golf Challenge.

The media organisations participating in the relay race were Radio Television Hong Kong, Metro Broadcast Corporation Limited, Cable TV, Television Broadcasts Limited, Asia Television Limited and Wen Wei Po. Television Broadcasts Limited won the race by a wide margin.

The players of the CEO Invitation Golf Challenge included the Executive Director of Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Mr Fred Lam; the Director of Finance Office of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Mr Philip Wong; the General Manager of JCG Finance Co. Ltd., Mr Tan Yoke-kong; and the President of Technology and Global Services of Elec and Eltek International Limited, Dr W C Keung. The trophy was clinched by Mr Philip Wong.

After the opening ceremony, the fun continued at the nearby Wong Chuk Hang Recreation Ground with a carnival that offered rowing and rugby demonstrations and play-ins, adventure activities, fitness test and assessment, fun slide, clown and magic shows, and many other entertaining activities for the whole family.

Ends/Sunday, October 3, 2004
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