The 4th Hong Kong Games
The Hong Kong Games (HKG) is a major territory-wide multi-sport event that has been held biennially since 2007, with 18 DCs as the participating units. It aims to provide districts with more opportunities for sports participation, exchanges and co-operation, as well as to encourage members of the public to actively participate in sports, thereby promoting the ‘Sport for All’ culture at the community level. The HKG is organised by the Sports Commission and coordinated by its Community Sports Committee with the LCSD, the 18 DCs, the SF&OC and relevant NSAs as co-organisers.
The 4th HKG was held from April 27 to June 2, 2013. Following a launch ceremony at the Kowloon Park Arcade on June 11, 2012, the 18 DCs conducted open selection exercises to choose athletes to represent their districts in the Games. Over 3 100 athletes from 18 DCs were selected to compete in eight sports at the 4th HKG, namely athletics, badminton, basketball, futsal, swimming, table-tennis, tennis, and volleyball.
The Pledging Ceremony held on February 4, 2013 at the Kowloon Park Arcade marked the formation of 18 district delegations, and the commencement of a series of community involvement activities leading up to the Games.
These activities included a cheering team competition for the 18 districts, ‘Elite Athletes’ Demonstration and Exchange Programme’, a Countdown Ceremony, a ‘Dynamic Moments Photo Contest’, a grand opening ceremony, and a closing cum prize presentation ceremony. Members of the public could also vote for ‘My Favourite Sporty District’ and guess the ‘Overall Champion of the 4th HKG’. These activities had attracted over 400 000 participants.
The Organising Committee had adopted ‘Let’s have Fun at the Games’ as the slogan of the 4th HKG, and had appointed eight elite athletes as Sports Ambassadors to help promote the Games.