Badminton star Ng's online basher lies low

Top News | Carine Chow 27 Jul 2021

The Facebook page of a pro-Beijing political party member who criticized Olympic badminton player Angus Ng Ka-long for wearing a black jersey without the Hong Kong emblem was inaccessible yesterday.

Nicholas Muk Ka-chun, a member of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, attacked Ng on Sunday, writing: "Please withdraw from the game if you do not want to represent Hong Kong, China."

But he drew criticism from online users following Ng's explanation that he had not been authorized to print Hong Kong's flag on the shirt he had prepared.

It is not immediately known whether Muk deleted his own page or it was deleted by Facebook due to "hate speech."

The Hong Kong Badminton Association said Ng had to prepare his own jersey as his sponsorship from sports equipment firm Yonex had ended.

Muk then posted on Facebook again after the association's statement, saying "the truth has been revealed" and he wished the badminton star could win and wear a jersey with the Hong Kong flag in his next match.

His post received more than 10,000 "angry" reactions and at least two Facebook groups demanded he apologize to Ng.

A screenshot of a person who reported Muk's Facebook for spreading hate speech was seen on online forum LIHKG on Sunday night.

Muk is a teacher at Pui Kiu Middle School.

Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung said the bureau will work accordingly if any complaints are received about the incident.

The Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, said yesterday it is providing assistance to Ng and will examine the need to set guidelines on athletes' attire in competition.

Pui Kwan-kay, chef of mission of the Hong Kong delegation to the Tokyo Olympics, said on a Commercial Radio program yesterday that the attire for competition is decided by the association of each representative sport.

He said there are no problems regarding Ng's jersey and it fits the Olympics' standard.

Pui said the badminton association has explained the situation and hopes Ng will not be affected by the controversy.

"I think people should avoid politicizing the incident as sport is for people to show their sportsmanship," Pui said.

Most of the athletes representing Hong Kong have sports attire with the SAR emblem.

But Ng's case is a special one as his sponsorship ended a month before he went to Tokyo.

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