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Chief Executive to welcome East Asian Games flag on Sunday

A variety show will be held on Sunday night (November 6) at Olympic Square in Hong Kong Park to celebrate the arrival of the East Asian Games Association (EAGA) flag from Macau, which signifies the transfer of the hosting rights of the 2009 East Asian Games (EAG) to Hong Kong.

The Chief Executive, Mr Donald Tsang, will receive the flag at Olympic Square.

The Secretary for Home Affairs, Dr Patrick Ho, and the Chairman of the 5th East Asian Games Planning Committee, Mr Timothy Fok, will accept the flag at the closing ceremony of the 4th EAG in Macau. The flag will be taken back immediately to Olympic Square in Hong Kong Park for the flag handover ceremony, which will take place at around 9.50pm.

Athletes and sports organisations from various districts will attend the event to show the sports sector's support for the 2009 EAG. Community and business leaders will be present to offer sponsorship for the Games.

The variety show will feature sports demonstrations, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and pop singer Leo Koo, and will be broadcast on television later that night.

Since the seating capacity of Olympic Square is limited, a giant video wall will be set up near the artificial lake for park visitors to see the rehearsal and production of the variety show and to witness the flag handover ceremony.

They can also have fun at arts and craft stalls and enjoy the entertainers beside the lake.

Admission to the garden party around the artificial lake, which starts at 7.30pm, is free and everyone who attends will receive a souvenir EAG pin.

The variety show at Olympic Square will be broadcast on TVB-Jade from 10.30pm to 11.45pm.

Ends/Saturday, November 5, 2005

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