Sports Demonstration and Extravaganza by Mainland Olympic Gold Medallists
To enable Hong Kong people to share the joy and success of the Mainland athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and to promote sports exchanges between the Mainland and Hong Kong, a 70-member delegation of Mainland Olympic Gold Medallists, including 47 athletes who won gold medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games, visited Hong Kong from August 24 to 26, 2012. This was also a celebratory event to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Members of the delegation met Hong Kong people at close range on a number of different occasions during the visit. The gold medallists put on badminton and table tennis demonstrations at Queen Elizabeth Stadium, and a diving demonstration at Kowloon Park Swimming Pool. Another group of athletes took part in an exchange session with some 900 members of uniformed youth groups at Siu Sai Wan Sports Centre. Apart from their sports demonstrations, the gold medallists enjoyed friendly interaction with local youngsters, while some spectators joined in the fun by taking part in games of table tennis and badminton with the medallists. The Mainland Olympic Gold Medallists Extravaganza, broadcast live on television from Hong Kong Stadium, provided another chance for the members of the public to view the graceful performances and superb skills demonstrated by the gold medallists.
The gold medallists displayed confidence and superb sporting skills both in the sports demonstrations and at the extravaganza. They inspired participants with their charisma, and in turn won the public’s applause for their perseverance and never-give-up spirit. The visit was warmly welcomed by the Hong Kong people who were deeply impressed by the gold medallists.