Hong Kong, China NOC and SAR government host reception for Tokyo 2020 heroes

Hong Kong, China NOC and SAR government host reception for Tokyo 2020 heroes

Hong Kong, China, August 20, 2021: The Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC) and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government jointly hosted a Welcome Home Reception at the Grand Theatre of the Xiqu Centre in West Kowloon Cultural District on August 19 for the Tokyo 2020 delegation. 

The Hong Kong, China delegation won a record six medals, with one gold in fencing, two silver medals in swimming and three bronze medals in karate, table tennis and track cycling. 

Guest of Honour Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Executive of the HKSAR, presented certificates of commendation to the medallists and to other athletes in recognition of their excellent performances in the Olympic Games.  

Under quarantine in the mainland prior to the China National Games next month, fencing gold medallist Cheung Ka Long and track cycling bronze medallist Lee Wai Sze were unable to attend the reception but shared their feelings via recorded videos. 

Cheung expressed his gratitude to Hong Kong society for their continuous support and said it was an unforgettable and surprise journey to the gold medal.  

Lee said it was a big challenge to compete in two Games in the same year, but she would strive to do her best as an elite athlete. 

Mr. Caspar Tsui Ying-wai, Secretary for Home Affairs, and Mr. Timothy Fok, President of the SF&OC, were also the distinguished guests and presented certificates of commendation to other athletes.  

Mr. Fok said: “No matter whether our athletes were on the presentation podium or not, I am very proud of their efforts and determination.”  

He was also delighted that the Government had decided to step up efforts to support sports development. He believed that the competitiveness of athletes would be enhanced with these measures, and hoped the delegation would keep the momentum going and strive for excellence at Paris 2024. 

Hong Kong sent 46 athletes to participate in 13 sports at Tokyo 2020.  

The SF&OC would like to thank the Home Affairs Bureau, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and all sponsors, including Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited, FILA Marketing (Hong Kong) Limited, Henderson Land Group, Fitness First, Nissin Foods Company Limited, Shun Hing Group, China Travel Services (H.K.) Ltd., Mainetti (Eastern China) Limited, Germagic, China Mobile Hong Kong Limited and OAKLEY. 

Issued by: Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China. Date: 19 August 2021