SPORTS EXPO Cheers for Hong Kong Athletes’ Success in 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
The Hong Kong Delegation completed the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with flying colours. To celebrate the remarkable results Hong Kong athletes have achieved and solicit support from the public for athletes, the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) and Hong Kong Playground Association (HKPA) held a cheering event at SPORTS EXPO today (4 Sept).
The event was officiated by Mr Timothy Fok, GBS, JP, President of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China; Mr Victor Hui, GBS, MBE, JP, President of HKPA; Mr Sin Yat-kin, SBS, CSDSM, JP, Chairman of HKPA; Mr Chow Chung-kong, GBM, GBS, JP, Chairman of the URA; Ir Wai Chi-sing, GBS, JP, FHKEng, Managing Director of the URA; Mr Pui Kwan-kay, SBS, BBS, MH, Chef de Mission to Tokyo 2020 Olympics; Mr Yeung Tak-keung, JP, Commissioner for Sports of Home Affairs Bureau; Dr Lam Tai-fai, SBS, JP, Chairman of Hong Kong Sports Institute; Hon Vincent Cheng Wing-shun, MH, JP, Non-Executive Director of URA and Director of Hong Kong Sports Institute and Mr YU Kin Keung, Edward, JP, Yau Tsim Mong District Officer.
A Heartfelt “THANK YOU” to Hong Kong Athletes
The Hong Kong Delegation has achieved the city’s best results in history at the Tokyo Olympics Games, winning one gold, two silver and three bronze medals. The Delegation also clinched one silver and two bronze medals in the Paralympics as of today.
Speaking at the Ceremony, URA Chairman, Mr Chow Chung-kong, said, “Every Hong Kong citizen is grateful to our athletes for their perseverance and hard work. The URA’s efforts in putting forward urban renewal aimed to improve the planning and cityscape of the district, at the same time, creating more community spaces for the neighbourhood. Here at SPORTS EXPO, we made use of innovative and VR technology to create activities which allow the public to experience the fun of sports through interactive means while promoting the sports culture.”|
Sharing the same gratitude was SF&OC President Timothy Fok. “(Hong Kong athletes) Your performances, your courage and perseverance, made Hong Kong people feel proud,” said President Fok.
The Unforgettable Sharing & Fun Interactive Game
In the sharing session, Mr Pui Kwan-kay, Chef de Mission to Tokyo 2020 Olympics, shared his experience of leading the Hong Kong athletes to participate in the Olympic Games. Badminton representative Tse Ying-suet also recalled her Olympics journey, “It’s probably the most stressful moment in 15 years of my career”. She and partner Tang Chun-man agreed that the experience made them “grow in skills and mind”. For promising rower Winne Hung, who made her Olympic debut this year, the experience was more of a motivation to learn and advance. “The Olympic experience made me understand better my strengths and weaknesses. I’m committed to doing better in the coming Olympics!”
The event took place at SPORTS EXPO, established by the URA as Hong Kong’s first sports-themed interactive virtual experience centre, to promote sports culture among the public through innovative technology and gamification of sports. SPORTS EXPO has four different virtual sports games areas, allowing the visitors to experience various sports. Tse Ying-suet, Tang Chun-man and Hung Wing-yan challenged the LED Arena and 360° VR game, having different driving and physical adventures. The Hong Kong Olympians also had a chance to try the innovative interactive games with teenagers. Meanwhile, fencing trial sessions, karate demonstrations and replay of highlights of the Olympics Games were arranged on the same day for everyone to enjoy.