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Hong Kong Night shows extensive support for our hosting of 2009 East Asian Games

More than 400 guests from Hong Kong, Macao and overseas attended the Hong Kong Night organised by the 5th East Asian Games Planning Committee (EAGPC) at the Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre tonight (October 30) to show support for Hong Kong's hosting of the Games in 2009.

The Hong Kong Night was an outdoor dinner reception with cultural and entertainment performances. As one of the EAGPC's key publicity events in Macao during the 4th East Asia Games, it was officiated by Dr Patrick Ho, Secretary for Home Affairs and President of the EAGPC, and Mr Timothy Fok, Chairman of the EAGPC.

The Chief Executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region, Dr Edmund Ho, and Mr Liu Peng, Minister of State Sport General Administration of China, were among those who attended the event.

Dr Patrick Ho said in his welcoming speech: "We are very pleased that different sectors from Hong Kong, including our Legislative Council members and District Council members who come from all 18 districts in the territory, as well as members of our sports sector, are here to support Hong Kong athletes competing in the Macau East Asian Games, and to support Hong Kong as the next city to host the East Asian Games in 2009."

The LegCo and District Council members, together with Hong Kong sports stars and Miss Hong Kong, Ms Ip Chui-chui, signed their names on the backdrop to signify their support.

Other guests of the event included Mr Li Gang, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Ms Anissa Wong, Director of Leisure and Cultural Services; and Mrs Pamela Tan, Director of Home Affairs.

Members of the International Olympic Committee and Olympic Committee of Asia and the Hong Kong delegation to the 4th East Asian Games also attended the event.

Dr Patrick Ho hoped the Hong Kong Night would give representatives of the international sports fraternity an early feel of Hong Kong's hospitality and vitality.

Before the dinner reception, the guests visited an exhibition staged at the Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Centre to promote Hong Kong as the organiser of the 2008 Olympic Equestrian Events and the 2009 East Asian Games. The exhibition will be open to the public until November 6.

Ends/Sunday, October 30, 2005

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