Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism visits Hong Kong Sports Institute to support athletes’ preparations for Paris Olympic Games

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The Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, Mr Kevin Yeung (sixth left, front row), and the Commissioner for Sports, Mr Sam Wong (third left, front row), this afternoon visit the fitness training centre in the Hong Kong Sports Institute to show support to athletes while they prepare for the Olympic Games.

27th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) Kevin Yeung, the Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, paid a visit to the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) this afternoon (May 27) to gain insights into the athletes’ preparations for the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and to offer words of encouragement to the participants.

Accompanied by the Commissioner for Sports, Mr Sam Wong, Mr Yeung embarked on a tour of various facilities at the HKSI, including the fencing hall, table tennis hall, fitness training centre, and swimming complex. During the visit, the officials engaged in discussions with athletes and coaches, seeking to understand their training arrangements and the support provided by the HKSI. The athletes were encouraged to strive for their best performances in the Games.

Expressing his hopes for the Hong Kong athletes participating in the Paris Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, Mr Yeung stated, “As the Games approach, I wish our athletes the utmost success. While in Paris, I encourage them to engage in exchanges and interactions with athletes from other delegations, showcasing their sportsmanship and sharing the latest developments from Hong Kong.”

It is noteworthy that the Hong Kong Government has successfully secured the broadcasting rights for the Paris Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Hong Kong. Three local licensed television broadcasters and Radio Television Hong Kong will broadcast the Games in accordance with government requirements, allowing all Hong Kong citizens to watch the Games free of charge and extend their support to athletes from Mainland China and Hong Kong. This arrangement has been widely supported by various sectors of society as it promotes sports development in Hong Kong. Mr Yeung expressed his anticipation of watching the Games alongside the public and showing unwavering support for the athletes.

The Paris Olympic Games will take place from 26th July to 11th August, followed by the Paralympic Games from 28th August to 8th September. In addition to the support provided by the HKSI, the Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau has allocated funds under the Arts and Sport Development Fund (Sports Portion) to aid athletes in their preparations and participation in the Games.