SAR found off its game in sports facilities

Local | Michael Shum 23 Sep 2021

Hong Kong will be short an estimated 49 indoor sports centers in five years and will only have the city's first major sports stadium for international events in Kai Tak in 2023, the Home Affairs Bureau said.

The bureau told lawmakers that - based on an estimation of Hong Kong's population for 2026 - Hong Kong will lack 49 indoor multipurpose sports centers, as well as three football and rugby pitches, four track and field stadiums, four indoor multipurpose sports centers and three outdoor tennis courts to host competitions and training sessions.

Apart from that, Hong Kong also needs a swimming pool, an outdoor multipurpose playground and a football or rugby pitch with the capacity to host regional competitions that could also be used to train athletes. The report also noted that Hong Kong has got no major sports facilities apart from the upcoming Kai Tak sports park, expected to be completed in 2023.

The report came after Hong Kong athletes bagged one gold, two silvers and three bronzes at the Tokyo Olympics in August, as well as two silvers and three bronzes in the Paralympics this month.

Olympics table tennis bronze medalist Doo Hoi-kem's father said yesterday that parents' faith and encouragement is paramount to children's success.

In an interview with the Education Bureau, Doo's father, Oscar, said parents need not give out orders as if they were in some factory production line, but throw their support behind their children, and this will help them achieve their goal, Oscar added.

He and his wife had their doubts when Doo, then in secondary school, said she wanted to be a full-time athlete, but they still supported Doo's decision, according to the father.

"Although it has cost [Doo] her precious school life and friendship with her friends, after she snatched an Olympics medal this year, I think everything is worth it," Oscar said.

Doo's mother also said each and every child has their own personal traits, but they might not have the courage to show it, therefore parents should communicate more with their children to explore their full potential.

Elsewhere in Shaanxi, both Hong Kong men's and women's epee fencing teams failed to advance to the semifinals in the National Games yesterday.

The women's team, led by top Hong Kong fencer Vivian Kong Man-wai, fought till the last second and lost to a team made up of China's Olympians in the Tokyo Olympics 42-45 in the epee fencing team event.

The women's team ended up finishing seventh in the event, while the men's team finished fifth.

In other events, hurdler Lui Lai-yiu was just one place away from the finals in the women's 100 meters hurdles event after taking ninth place, while Chan Pui-kei was unable to qualify after ranking seventh in the 200 meters heats yesterday.

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