Hobie Sailor TONG Hong Kong Flag-Bearer at Asian Beach Games
PHUKET, November 14: Hobie 16 women’s sailor TONG Kit Fong proudly carried the Bauhinia Flag as she led the Hong Kong, China Delegation at the Opening Ceremony for the 4th Asian Beach Games in Phuket, Thailand today.
TONG, a medallist at the Incheon Asian Games last month as well as the 2010 Asian Beach Games in Muscat, was given the honour of flag-bearer at the opening ceremony held at the Saphan Hin Sports Centre, an open air gymnasium.
Each participating country/ region was requested not to send more than 20 athletes and officials for the two-hour long ceremony where more than 1,000 performers took part in a vibrant extravaganza which ended in a colourful fireworks display. Mr. Timothy T.T. FOK, President of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC) as well as Vice-President of the Olympic Council of Asia and Mr. PANG Chung, Hon. Secretary General of SF&OC also attended the event.
“It was short but very nice. We were all made very welcome by the Thai organisers and they put on an extremely colourful show,” said Ms. Vivien C.C. LAU, Chef de Mission of Hong Kong, China Delegation.
Hong Kong, China Delegation is represented by a 123-strong squad including 82 athletes. Hong Kong had already clicked into top gear, even before the opening ceremony, with two girls and one boy advancing to the semi-final stages set for Saturday in the squash competition.
Thai athletes Varapatsorn RADARONG and Tanarattha UDOMCHAVEE, the superb beach volleyball duo who captured the gold medal at the 3rd Asian Beach Games in Haiyang, ignited the Games Flame.
A total of 26 sports feature at the Phuket Games from November 14-23 with 168 gold medals up for grabs. These are the biggest Beach Games ever with six venues being used by Thai organisers.
Mr. Husian AL-MUSALLAM, Director-general and Technical director of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), said Thailand had hosted several international sporting events and was confident the Asian Beach Games would be a huge success.
“It could be the best ever Asian Beach Games,” AL-MUSALLAM said. “These Games will prove that sports and tourism can go together. A lot of tourists will visit Phuket and enjoy the Games.”
The Asian Beach Games were first held in Indonesia’s Bali in 2008, followed by Muscat, Oman in 2010 and Haiyang, China, in 2012.
The Federation acknowledged the support of the Home Affairs Bureau and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department for their generous help. Special thanks should also go to FILA Marketing (Hong Kong) Limited and Kee Wah Bakery for its sponsorship to the Delegation.
Issued by: Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China
Date: 14 November 2014