Mr TSANG Tak-sing showed his support for the athletes participating in the swimming competition
The Opening Ceremony of the 2nd Hong Kong Games (HKG) held at Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground on 9 May kicked off the final rounds of fierce competitions among the 18 districts. The athletes from various districts took on each other in the six sports competitions. The finals for one of the sports, swimming, were held at Kowloon Park Swimming Pool in Tsim Sha Tsui at the weekend of 16 and 17 May. While it was not at all surprising that the competition was intense and exciting, the event came to a climax when Mr TSANG Tak-sing, the Secretary for Home Affairs, visited the pool on the first day of the swimming competition to show his support for the athletes from various districts and enhanced the competition atmosphere.
The 18 districts fielded a total of 427 athletes to take part in the swimming competition on the two consecutive days. They competed in the men’s division and the women’s division and the events included freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly, individual medley, freestyle relay and medley relay with the distances ranging from 50 metres to 200 metres.
For the men’s division, Southern District gave an outstanding performance by winning the championship in 8 out of 15 events. For the women’s division, Eastern District was crowned champion in 5 events, closely followed by Sha Tin District which was the champion of 4 events and then followed by Sai Kung District and Kowloon City District which won 3 events each.
In the afternoon of 16 May, Mr TSANG Tak-sing, the Secretary for Home Affairs, went to Kowloon Park Swimming Pool to cheer on the athletes from various districts. Accompanied by Mr CHAU How-chen, the Chairman of the 2nd HKG Organising Committee, and Miss Olivia CHAN Yeuk-oi, the Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services (Leisure Services), Mr TSANG chatted with some of the athletes and encouraged everyone to do their best in order to win honour for the districts they represent.
Mr TSANG Tak-sing also expressed his thanks to the District Councils for fully supporting the Games by fielding athletes of high calibre to participate in various competitions of the 2nd HKG. He said that districts’ active participation and support had helped create a strong sports atmosphere at the community level leading up to the 5th East Asian Games to be held in Hong Kong in December this year.
The swimming competition of the 2nd HKG held at Kowloon Park Swimming Pool attracted some 2 200 spectators, most of whom are residents of the participating districts who came to show support for their athletes.