9th Hong Kong Games concludes successfully


9th June 2024 – (Hong Kong) The 9th Hong Kong Games (HKG) culminated in a grand Closing cum Prize Presentation Ceremony held at the renowned Kowloon Park Sports Centre this afternoon. The event, which witnessed the successful completion of all contests, was graced by the presence of Mr Kevin Yeung, the Secretary for Culture, Sports, and Tourism, who officiated the ceremony.

Established in 2007 as a biennial multi-sport extravaganza involving all 18 districts of Hong Kong, the HKG serves as a testament to the spirit of “sport for all” within the community. This year, more than 4,000 athletes showcased their talent and determination across eight sports events, including athletics, badminton, 3-on-3 basketball, futsal, swimming, table tennis, tennis, and volleyball. Their pursuit of excellence not only brought honour to themselves but also reflected their unwavering commitment to their respective districts.

The Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, Mr Kevin Yeung (second row, 14th left); the Chairman of the 9th Hong Kong Games (HKG) Organising Committee, Professor Patrick Yung (second row, 16th left); and Executive Advisers of the Organising Committee Mr William Tong (second row, 12th left) and Mr David Yip (second row, 17th left), present the overall championship to Yuen Long District at the 9th HKG Closing cum Prize Presentation Ceremony today.

During his address at the ceremony, Mr. Yeung expressed admiration for the athletes’ exceptional skills, hard work, and sportsmanship exhibited throughout the competitions. He emphasised the government’s dedication to fostering a culture of inclusivity and sports participation. Efforts will be made to provide the community with increased opportunities for sports engagement and exchanges, encouraging individuals, particularly the younger generation, to actively partake in various sporting activities.

The 9th HKG introduced age-specific categories, catering to participants aged 15 or below, 16 to 17, and 18 or above in individual sports events. This strategic move aimed to encourage wider public involvement, especially among the youth. The overwhelming response was evident with over 1,500 young participants eagerly joining this year’s HKG.

Distinguished guests in attendance at the ceremony included Mr. Vincent Cheng, Member of the Legislative Council; Mr. Timothy Fok, President of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC); Miss Winnie Chui, Acting Director of Leisure and Cultural Services; Mr. Sam Wong, Commissioner for Sports; Professor Patrick Yung, Chairman of the 9th HKG Organising Committee; and Executive Advisers Mr. William Tong and Mr. David Yip. Representatives from relevant National Sports Associations and the Home Affairs Department’s 18 District Offices also graced the event.

The ceremony showcased the presentation of awards to outstanding athletes and teams who demonstrated exceptional performance throughout the games. Yuen Long District emerged as the overall champion, securing the highest total score across the eight competitive sports. Yau Tsim Mong District claimed the first runner-up position, with Shatin District securing the second runner-up title.

The individual sports competitions saw remarkable champions in each event:

  • Futsal: Yuen Long District
  • 3-on-3 basketball: Yau Tsim Mong District
  • Athletics: Tuen Mun District
  • Badminton: Yuen Long District
  • Swimming: Yuen Long District
  • Table tennis: Tuen Mun District
  • Tennis: Yau Tsim Mong District
  • Volleyball: Yuen Long District

In recognition of district participation, various prizes were awarded. North District received the “District with the Strongest Cheering Squad” award, while Yuen Long District claimed the title of “District with the Greatest Participation.” Yuen Long District, Islands District, and Kowloon City District were recognized as the top three districts for “District with the Best Sportsmanship.” Yau Tsim Mong District received the accolade for “District with the Best Progress,” and Yuen Long District was honoured as the “District with the Most Gold Medals.”

The Cheering Team Competition, representing the 18 districts, witnessed exceptional performances. Islands District secured the “Best Performance Award,” while Yuen Long District and Sai Kung District were recognized as the first and second runners-up, respectively. Islands District also triumphed in the “Best Local Characteristics Award,” with Sai Kung District as the first runner-up and Kwun Tong District securing the third position. North District received the prestigious “Highest Popularity Award.”

The public voting activities resulted in Wan Chai District and North District being crowned as winners of the “Online Voting – My Favourite Sporty District” and “Paper Voting – My Favourite Sporty District” categories, respectively. A lucky draw was held for participants in the voting and guessing activities, with the winners’ list set to be published on the 9th HKG website (www.hongkonggames.hk) and featured in Sing Tao Daily and The Standard on 18th June.