Lifelong fun for Tokyo winners

Local | Maisy Mok 20 Oct 2021

Star fencer Edgar Cheung Ka-long and other local medalists from the Tokyo Olympics can enjoy lifelong free admissions to Water World Ocean Park.

Eight athletes and Hong Kong fencing coach Gregory Koenig were invited for a splashing fun day at the water park yesterday with their teammates, family and friends.

A Water World spokesman said in honor of Hong Kong athletes' outstanding achievements at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Ocean Park presented medalists with Lifetime passes to Water World.

Other Hong Kong athletes who took part in the Games were given annual passes.

Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, the president of Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, attended the ceremony and said his committee will strive for the opening ceremony of the 15th National Games of China in 2025 to be held in the city.

The 2025 Games will be jointly hosted by Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau. Fok said he hopes more competitions for the National Games will be hosted by Hong Kong.

The government has proposed in the policy address to establish a Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau. Fok said he will continue to discuss with the government the creation of a long-term mechanism to support athletes.

Ocean Park Corporation's chairman Lau Ming-wai, who presented the free passes to athletes, said that Ocean Park is glad to be joining forces with the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China to promote sports development in Hong Kong.

Lau added both organizations will maintain close contact with regard to cooperating with each other for the National Games in 2025.

At yesterday's event, Edgar Cheung shared his journey to the gold medal along with his father, who works at the theme park.

Cheung senior said his son first participated in fencing in the summer of primary four and had continuously asked to become a full-time athlete in secondary school. He said: "[I] decided to let him give it a try and if he has no achievement in two years then he has to give up."

Meanwhile, several male and female fencers will go to Europe for training next month to prepare for competitions such as next year's Asian Games - which will take place in China.

"This will be a good opportunity for us to practice and compete with more opponents [so we can] adapt to more competitors," Cheung said. "It will be beneficial to the team's result."

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