The 9th Hong Kong Games inaugurated with fanfare and promises of community engagement

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21st April 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong Coliseum was abuzz with excitement this afternoon as the 9th Hong Kong Games (HKG) were officially opened by Mr. Chan Kwok-ki, Chief Secretary for Administration. The ceremony, a display of the city’s athletic spirit and cultural heritage, was attended by athletes representing the 18 districts, numerous dignitaries, and members of the public eager to witness the commencement of the games.

During the event, Mr. Raistlin Lau, Acting Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, took the podium to emphasize the biennial nature of the HKG, organised by the Sports Commission. He highlighted the games as a platform for local athletes to exhibit their prowess and encouraged public attendance to boost morale and foster community spirit. The slogan “Our City, Our Games” resonated through his speech, underscoring the inclusive spirit of the games.

A poignant moment ensued as an athlete from Yuen Long District, previous champions of the 7th HKG, recited an oath on behalf of all participants, promising fair play and sportsmanship.

The ceremony reached a crescendo when Mainland Olympic gold medallists Wang Yilyu and Ding Ning, alongside Hong Kong’s own Samuel Hui and Minnie Soo, carried the torch into the venue. In a symbolic act of unity and continuation, they lit the ceremonial cauldron, marking the beginning of the games.

Entertainment was woven throughout the programme, showcasing the unique talents and vibrant cultures of the districts through performances including lion dances, skateboarding, and Latin dances. Pop singers and elite athletes also took the stage, contributing to a festive atmosphere. Highlights of these performances are set to be broadcast later tonight on TVB Jade.

The ceremony was graced by an array of officials including Members of the Legislative Council Mr. Ma Fung-kwok and Mr. Vincent Cheng, as well as Mr. Timothy Fok, President of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China. The organizing committee was represented by Professor Patrick Yung, alongside executive advisers Mr. William Tong and Mr. David Yip.

From today until June 9, the HKG will feature competitions across eight sports, including athletics and volleyball, with special categories for athletes with disabilities. This year, the Games have also expanded to include Urban Sports Demonstration Competitions, enhancing the diversity of the event.

To ensure widespread engagement and accessibility, not only will the finals of all sports be live-streamed, but select events will also be broadcast live on Radio Television Hong Kong TV 32. This initiative aims to bring the excitement of the games to a broader audience.

Photo shows the Acting Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, Mr Raistlin Lau, speaking at the ceremony.