Date
11 December 2018
Hong Kong athletes enter a Jakarta stadium on Sunday for the closing ceremony of the 18th Asian Games. The team bagged its best-ever medals haul at the event. Photo: China News Service
Hong Kong athletes enter a Jakarta stadium on Sunday for the closing ceremony of the 18th Asian Games. The team bagged its best-ever medals haul at the event. Photo: China News Service

Lam vows more support for sports after record Asian Games medals

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor lauded Hong Kong’s athletes and promised continued strong backing to the sports sector following a record medals haul in the just-concluded Asian Games in Indonesia. 

Congratulating the Hong Kong team after it won its best-ever tally of 46 medals at the 18th Asiad, Lam praised the athletes’ perseverance and performance, saying their achievements are a source of pride for all Hongkongers. 

Meanwhile, she also highlighted the grace shown by the city’s delegation to the 18th Asian Games, which ended on Sunday with a closing ceremony in a Jakarta stadium.

After fielding its largest delegation to the Indonesia event, Hong Kong bagged 8 gold, 18 silver and 20 bronze medals, making it a record 46 in total for the city in such event.

The previous record was in 2014, when the city won 43 medals at the 17th Asian Games that were held in Incheon, South Korea. 

“Apart from continuing to perform well in traditional sports which Hong Kong excels, the Hong Kong athletes won gold medals for the first time in equestrian and rugby in the Asian Games,” Lam said in a statement.

“The achievement in bridge, a new event for this year, is remarkable and a gold medal was won in the e-sports demonstration. All of these have been most encouraging,” she said.

Hong Kong’s top leader added that she looks forward to congratulating the athletes in person during a reception that will be held on Sept. 17.

Meanwhile, Lam pledged that the government will continue to support Hong Kong athletes and the development of sports in the city, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

In her Policy Address last October, Lam announced several sports-related measures, such as pushing the Kai Tak Sports Park Project, encouraging public sector schools to open up their facilities to promote a sporting culture, and offering funding for the development of sports for disabled athletes.

Recently, the government announced the allocation of HK$6 billion in total to the Elite Athletes Development Fund to provide stronger support for elite athletes.

Lan vowed that her administration will continue to listen to views of athletes, coaches and people in the sports sector and respond proactively, with a view to providing the strongest backing to athletes.

Congratulating the Hong Kong team’s outstanding achievements in Jakarta, Secretary for Home Affairs Lau Kong-wah said on Sunday that his bureau is reviewing two bidding documents in relation to the Kai Tak Sports Park project.

A decision is expected to be reached by the end of the year so that construction work can begin as soon as possible, he said.

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