3rd December 2022 – (Hong Kong) At the medal presentation ceremony of Asian Classic Powerlifting Championship 2022 held in Dubai yesterday, incorrect music was played as the National Anthem for a Hong Kong representative. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government strongly deplores and opposes the incident.
It is said that the wrong National anthem was found on Youtube, which caused the error. According to relevant clips, the organiser played the English version of the anti-extradition song. It was played for about 10 seconds. Hong Kong athlete Leung raised the T sign to indicate that the right song was not played again. The personnel responded that “we broadcast directly from Youtube”, and it was suspected that this was the cause of the error.
When searching for “Hong Kong National Anthem” on Youtube, the anti-extradition song was displayed. In fact, the wrong national anthem has been played many times recently. When searching for “Hong Kong National Anthem” on the Internet, the Security Bureau stated that it has already demanded that the correct national anthem to be put on top of Google search engine, and the other party said it would follow up. However, there is still no improvement so far as the correct National anthem is neither displayed on Google search, Wikipedia nor Youtube as of press time. Hence, there may be more similar incidents in the future.
Panel chairman Gary Chan Hak-kan, a lawmaker from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong who is also a member of the Executive Council said that the organiser made a low-level and absurd mistake. He expressed strong dissatisfaction and condemnation, and emphasised that the organiser must explain the reasons and apologise. Meanwhile, Legislative Councillor Dominic Lee said that it is unacceptable to search for "Hong Kong National Anthem" on Google or YouTube and the anti-extradition song will pop up.