The Hong Kong Hockey Association (HKHA) will launch an investigation into whether any of its affiliated clubs breached its bylaws when inviting overseas teams to Hong Kong, it said in a circular to its members.
The internal document came after the Immigration Department arrested two officials of a local hockey club this month in connection with claims for asylum by seven hockey players among a group from India who visited Hong Kong in October.
Under the HKHA’s bylaws, before hosting a visit to Hong Kong by overseas teams, all affiliated clubs are required to obtain the prior endorsement of the HKHA section committee by submitting a request in writing to the secretary of the HKHA not less than one month before the visit begins.
They are also required to inform the secretary of the results of the matches played by the overseas team and of any disciplinary matters that may have arisen during its visit.
“As far as we understand, the event took place last October, and the HKHA received neither a request regarding endorsement of the visit of an overseas team or overseas players nor any report of matches played with visiting overseas players,” Ernest Li, the HKHA’s honorary secretary general, told the affiliated clubs and committee members in the circular.
Li said no HKHA officials are involved in the investigation by the authorities, nor has the association been contacted by the authorities handling the case.
He said the HKHA will cooperate fully if it is approached by the authorities for any information pertaining to the case.
The Immigration Department arrested two Hong Kong residents of Indian descent who are suspected of aiding and abetting others to make false representations to an immigration officer and to overstay their visas in Hong Kong, a statement on the government website on Feb. 3 said.
Indian hockey club officials arrested in immigration probe (Feb. 4)
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