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Enrolment starts for 2005-06 Masters Games

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department is inviting people aged 35 or above to compete in the annual Masters Games to be held between October this year and February, 2006.

This year's games are title-sponsored by SBI E-2 Capital Group. Competition will be organised in 10 sports - table tennis, lawn bowls, tennis, swimming, distance running, tai chi, badminton, orienteering, gateball and golf (driving range), which is being introduced into the games for the first time.

To encourage participants to get involved in the games and to promote sports volunteerism, the LCSD will invite them to act as umpires in some of the events.

A spokesman for the department said the Masters Games started in 1993 and were now entering their 13th year. "The emphasis is on participation and enjoyment rather than winning. By providing people aged 35 or above with competition opportunities, we hope to keep up their interest in sports and encourage them to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle."

Details of the events are as follows:

Events Enrolment Dates Event Dates

Table Tennis 2-15 August 2005 2-23 October 2005 (Sundays)
Lawn Bowls 2-15 August 2005 6-27 November and
18 December 2005
Tennis 2-15 August 2005 13-22 November and
26 November 2005
Swimming 2-20 September 2005 4 December 2005
Distance Run 2-20 September 2005 4 December 2005
Tai Chi 2-20 September 2005 11 December and
18 December 2005
Badminton 14-28 October 2005 7 January to
19 February 2006
(Saturdays and Sundays)
Orienteering 14-28 October 2005 5 February 2006
Golf (Driving Range) 14-28 October 2005 12 February 2006
Gateball1 14-28 October 2005 18 and 19 February 2006

Participants will be selected by ballot if enrolment exceeds quota. Enrolment forms are available at District Leisure Services Offices of the LCSD and can be downloaded from the department's web site: .

The completed enrolment form, together with a copy of the applicant's identity card should be submitted to any District Leisure Services Office, or mailed to the Major Events Section, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, 2/F, Leisure and Cultural Services Headquarters, 1-3 Pai Tau Street, Sha Tin, New Territories.

For enquiries, please call 2414 5555 or 2601 7672.

Ends/Monday, August 1, 2005
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