* * Introduction of the Hong Kong Games

To further promote "Sport for All" cultures in the community, the Sports Commission decided that the Hong Kong Games (HKG) be held biennially from 2007 onwards. The 2nd HKG were held smoothly between 9 - 31 May 2009 and a total of 2 307 athletes from 18 District Councils participated in six sports competitions, namely athletics, badminton, basketball, swimming, table tennis and tennis. Various HKG-related activities were well-received and they attracted more than 160 000 participants.

The 2nd HKG were organised and co-ordinated by the Sports Commission and the Community Sports Committee respectively while the 18 District Councils (DCs), the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, relevant National Sports Associations and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) were the co-organisers. The HKG are the territory-wide major multi-sport event in Hong Kong with the 18 District Councils as the participating units. The objectives of the HKG are to provide districts with more opportunities for sports participation, exchanges and co-operation, and to encourage members of the public to actively participate in sports, thereby further promoting the culture of "Sport for All" at the community level. The HKG also aim to strengthen the public's sense of belonging to the district they live in and at the same time facilitate communication and promote friendship among the 18 districts. Furthermore, the HKG can also foster closer partnership among all stakeholders who promote sports at the community level so as to enhance community cohesion.

There were "Overall Champion, 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up" prizes for each of the six sports competitions mentioned above and the district accumulating the highest total points from all the 6 sports competitions was awarded the prize for the "Overall Champion of the 2nd Hong Kong Games".

To enable the whole community to learn more about the 2nd HKG and encourage them to support and participate in the Games, the Organiser launched a series of programmes for public participation, including a large-scale opening ceremony and a grand closing cum prize presentation ceremony, "Elite Athletes' Demonstration and Exchange", "Cheering Team Competition for the 18 Districts", Voting for "My Favourite Sporty District" and Guess the "Overall Champion of the 2nd Hong Kong Games" etc. Furthermore, the Organiser introduced the "Dynamic Moments Photo Contest" in the 2nd HKG so as to enable more members of the public to participate in the HKG in different ways. Meanwhile, an award named "District with the Greatest Participation in the 2nd Hong Kong Games" was also added to encourage each district to send more athletes to participate in the HKG and to enlist support from local dignitaries.

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