URA’s YM² Hosts HK’s First Major Photography & Sculpture Exhibition on Our Athletes at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
To celebrate the most outstanding results ever achieved by Hong Kong’s athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (“Tokyo 2020”,) the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) hosts the Opening Ceremony for the "Sporting Successes, Cheer Up Hongkongers” Photography and Sculpture Exhibition at Kwun Tong’s YM² today (20 September 2021). This is the first time Hong Kong has presented a Tokyo 2020-themed photography exhibition of this scale. In addition, sculptures of Hong Kong’s Olympic medallists from Tokyo 2020 and the previous Games will also be on display. The event seeks to recognise the performance of and cheer on Hong Kong’s athletes, and to generate community support for all the local sportsmen and sportswomen.
The Opening Ceremony was officiated by a host of Guests of Honour, including Mr Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, GBS, JP, President of Sports Federation and Olympic Committee Hong Kong, China (SF&OC) , 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 Wong Man-chiu, BBS, JP, Honorary Secretary General of the SF&OC, Mr Wong Po-kee, MH, Honorary Deputy Secretary General of the SF&OC, Mr Sin Yat-kin, SBS, CSDSM, JP, Chairman of Hong Kong Playground Association (HKPA) , Hon Vincent Cheng Wing-shun, MH, JP, Director of Hong Kong Sports Institute and Non-Executive Director of URA, Mr Eric Poon, Executive Director (Commercial) of the URA, and Minnie Soo Wai-yam, the bronze medallist of the women's table tennis team.
At the Opening Ceremony, URA Chairman, Mr Chow Chung-kong, said that the URA is specially holding this major Photography & Sculpture Exhibition at YM² to salute Hong Kong’s athletes for their outstanding achievements at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and at the 14th National Games of the People’s Republic of China (14th National Games) that is still taking place in Shaanxi, China. Mr Chow said, “While Tokyo 2020 has successfully concluded, we will continue to cheer on Hong Kong’s athletes. Earlier, we have held live telecasts of Olympic and Paralympic events at all URA venues, including here at YM², with the public watching the Games together and cheering on our athletes. We will continue to use the activity spaces and TV monitors at our venues to telecast highlights and select events of the 14th National Games. We hope that the full support from everyone here will garner even greater results for the Hong Kong team.”
Mr Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, GBS, JP, President of SF&OC remarked, “At an event held earlier this month at the URA’s SPORTS EXPO, we saw the public engaging in all types of sports activities through interactive programmes. Here and now, every visitor will be able to immerse themselves in the memorable moments at Tokyo 2020 through artistic creations. I am genuinely heartened to see sports being celebrated at all levels of our community, and I hope to see an even fitter and healthier Hong Kong.”
The Exhibition displays over 100 photographs of Hong Kong’s athletes competing in Tokyo 2020. Some of the photographs are the works of Hong Kong journalists who went to Tokyo despite the pandemic. The photographs covered sporting events such as Fencing, Badminton, Table Tennis, Karatedo, Swimming, Windsurfing, Equestrian, Gymnastic, Golf, and Cycling. The photographs of the athletes were taken from different angles, capturing their fighting attempts and triumphant moments. These are precious testimonials of Hong Kong’s sporting endeavours, which the Hong Kong public can now revisit and be excited about. This collection of over 100 photographs are made available with the support from the SF&OC, the Xinhua News agency and the Sing Tao News Corporation.
To show support and to honour the Hong Kong athletes, the URA commissioned the Joyful Miniature Association to create 1 : 6 scale sculptures in the image of 10 of Hong Kong’s medallists from the current and previous Olympic Games, including “Fencing God” Edgar Cheung Ka-long, “Little Mermaid” Siobhan Haughey, “Cycling Goddess of Ngau Tau Kok Lower Estate” Sarah Lee Wai-sze, “Goddess of Karatedo” Grace Lau Mo-sheung, and the “Ping Pong Dream Team” of Doo Hoi-kem, Lee Ho-ching, Minnie Soo Wai-yam. Meanwhile, the sculptures of the “Queen of the Wind” Lee Lai-shan, and the “Ping Pong Twins”, Li Ching and Ko Lai-chak, will join the collection shortly. The 3D, life-like sculptures portray the athletes in their competing postures, and the public can take photographs with these figures.
Also in attendance at the occasion is Minnie Soo Wai-yam, a recipient of a bronze medal in the table tennis women’s team event, and whose sculpture is featured. Ms Soo talked about her experience at Tokyo 2020, how she had to persevere against all odds in the competition despite an injury to her right hand, and won with the team their best-ever results by sheer determination. She said, "I injured my right hand about six months ago. In order to maintain a level of fitness, I kept a regimen of low level, low intensity training. The injury still has not healed completely at the time of the competition, so winning the bronze medal is totally beyond my expectation.” At the Opening Ceremony, Ms Soo played a friendly game with students from Kwun Tong’s secondary schools with her left hand.
Edgar Cheung Ka-long’s father, Mr Allan Cheung, who has previewed his son’s sculpture, said, “My heart is filled with pride at seeing Edgar’s sculpture. I am also grateful for this Photography Exhibition, which allows us to relive their most memorable moments.”
The Photography and Sculpture Exhibition at YM² in Kwun Tong will run from 20 September to 22 November 2021. Admission is free. The Exhibition will go on tour at other URA venues after YM².