Date
24 January 2017
Chinese divers Shi Tingmao (left) and Wu Mingxia are expected to be among the gold medalists in the Rio Olympics national team who will visit Hong Kong starting on Aug. 27, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department said. Photos: Xinhua, GovHK
Chinese divers Shi Tingmao (left) and Wu Mingxia are expected to be among the gold medalists in the Rio Olympics national team who will visit Hong Kong starting on Aug. 27, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department said. Photos: Xinhua, GovHK

Smaller venue chosen to honor China’s Rio Olympics medalists

A smaller venue has been chosen for a ceremony to honor the medalists from the Chinese team in the ongoing Rio Olympics.

Instead of the 40,000-seater Hong Kong Stadium that hosted previous editions of the event, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) has chosen the Queen Elizabeth Stadium, which has a capacity for only 3,500 people, for the celebration, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Director of Leisure and Cultural Services Michelle Li Mei-sheung said a change of venue was decided in view of the high temperature and potential typhoon weather in the city when the national team visits Hong Kong for three days from Aug. 27.

Li said the list of athletes who will join the Hong Kong tour has yet to be finalized as the Games at Rio de Janeiro are still going on.

Whether popular swimmer Fu Yuanhui and her controversial teammate Sun Yang will be in Hong Kong remains to be seen.

Aside from the event at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium, the Chinese delegation will also conduct goodwill demonstrations at the Victoria Park Swimming Pool and the Ma On Shan Sports Complex next Sunday, Aug. 28.

Sharing sessions with the public have also been scheduled for the Chinese medalists as well as representatives from the Hong Kong Olympic team.

The LCSD will release 6,600 entrance tickets for the events, including 2,400 for the table tennis demonstration, 1,800 for the diving show and another 2,400 for general entertainment programs.

Around 900 tickets will be reserved for organizations subsidized by the Social Welfare Department and other non-government organizations, while the remaining 5,700 tickets will be open for sale.

Tickets will be sold from next Monday at the Hong Kong City Hall, Sha Tin Town Hall, Tuen Mun Town Hall and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui. Each person can purchase a maximum of two tickets.

According to Metro Daily, the tickets are priced at HK$20 each.

The delegation will continue their tour in Macau after visiting Hong Kong.

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