Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor made a trip to the athletes’ village in Tianjin on Sunday to meet the young men and women from Hong Kong who are taking part in China’s National Games.
During the visit, which was aimed showing support for the athletes and encourage them to do well, Lam pointed out that Hong Kong has sent its largest-ever contingent to the National Games.
She urged the athletes to give their best in the competition and do Hong Kong proud.
The trip to the athletes’ village came after Lam earlier met with local officials in Tianjin.
After arriving in Tianjin on Saturday, she met with the local Communist Party chief Li Hongzhong and the city’s mayor Wang Dongfeng at a dinner party.
She then visited the sports village at Tianjin to meet up with Hong Kong athletes and their trainers.
Among those she met were fencing athletes Au Sin-ying, Lam Hin-wai, and Cheung Ka-long, according to news website HK01.com.
During the encounter, Lam remarked that fencing is becoming a common activity in Hong Kong as schools have begun offering lessons in the sport.
She urged the sports sector to be actively involved in giving suggestions to the government and help in policy formulation.
During the trip, Lam also met up with the men’s handball team and heard from the team instructor that more indoor arenas were needed in Hong Kong for training purposes.
“Besides the infrastructure, it is more important to help develop a program for athletes to take part in the upcoming Kai Tak Sports Park project,” Lam said, according to the report.
Since athletes will devote their best years to sports, support from their families is very important, Lam added.
In other comments, Lam said the government will continue its efforts to help and support retired athletes who wish to pursue studies that they had neglected, or did not have the time for, earlier.
The 13th National Games of China officially began after a colorful opening ceremony in Tianjin on Sunday.
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