The Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Tsang Tak-sing and the Director of
Leisure and Cultural Services, Mrs Betty Fung today (October 17) watched
the events of the 11th National Games being held in Jinan, Shandong and
cheered for the Hong Kong athletes.
They watched the Hong Kong cycling athletes taking part in the women's
track race 500-metre time trial and men's track race in the cycling venue
of the Shandong Provincial Sport Training Centre and visited the athletes
of the HKSAR Delegation's cycling team to show their support for the
They also went to the swimming venue to watch the Hong Kong athletes
taking part in the swimming competitions and to cheer for them.
Speaking after watching the competitions, Mr Tsang said that Hong Kong
athletes have harnessed their potential for excellence and he
them to keep up their effort and gain experience from such a large scale
of competition with the aim to achieving remarkable results in the
forthcoming events including the East Asian Games.
After visiting the Hong Kong athletes, Mr Tsang and Mrs Fung then
toured an exhibition held in Jinan International Convention and Exhibition
Centre to coincide with National Games and to celebrate the 60th
anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. The
exhibition, jointly organised by the General Administration of Sport of
China and the Organising Committee of the 11th National Games, highlights
the achievements of national sports over the last sixty years.
They will return to Hong Kong tomorrow (October 18).
Cycling is among the 25 sports in which Hong Kong athletes have been
taking part in the 11th National Games. The other 24 sports events are
swimming, water polo, athletics, badminton, baseball, boxing, canoeing,
equestrian, fencing, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, sailing, windsurfing, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon,
weightlifting, wushu (taolu), short track speed skating and figure skating.
Held every four years, the National Games are the proving ground of top
athletes from all over the country. The Hong Kong SAR had sent about 230
athletes to take part in the Games which is held at Jinan, Shandong between
October 16 and 28.
Ends/Saturday, October 17, 2009