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The 5th Hong Kong Games

The Hong Kong Games (HKG) is a major territory-wide multi-sport event that has been held biennially since 2007, with the 18 District Councils (DCs) as the participating units. The event aims to provide districts with more opportunities for participation, exchange and co-operation in the field of sports, 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. The co-organisers include the LCSD, the 18 DCs, the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, and the relevant National Sports Associations.

The 5th HKG was successfully held from April 25 to May 31, 2015. Over 3 200 athletes from the 18 DCs competed in eight sports at the games, namely athletics, badminton, basketball, futsal, swimming, table-tennis, tennis and volleyball.

Over 3 200 athletes from 18 districts competed in events at the 5th Hong Kong Games.
A volleyball match at the 5th Hong Kong Games.

To encourage territory-wide support for and participation in the HKG, a series of promotional and community participation activities were also organised. These included press conferences, a sports seminar cum carnival, eight elite athlete demonstration and exchange programmes, a vitality run, a cheering team competition for the 18 districts, a Dynamic Moments Photo Contest, the 18 districts' pledging ceremony, a grand opening ceremony, and a closing cum prize presentation ceremony. Members of the public could also vote for My Favourite Sporty District, and were invited to guess the Overall Champion of the 5th Hong Kong Games. These activities attracted over 430 000 participants.

Two gold medallists from the Asian Games Incheon 2014, Mr Shek Wai-hung (left) and Mr Cheng Kwok-fai (right), with artiste Mr Alan Tam (centre), light the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony of the 5th Hong Kong Games.