HONG KONG RETURN WITH BIGGEST MEDAL HAUL FROM ASIAN BEACH GAMES
PHUKET, November 23: Hong Kong returned home with their biggest haul of 12 medals from the 4th Asian Beach Games which drew to an end in Phuket on Sunday.
Hong Kong won three gold medals, two silver and seven bronze medals in one of the most successful outings at the Beach Games which drew to a colourful end in a Closing Ceremony presided by the Vice President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) cum President of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, Timothy FOK Tsun-ting.
Mr. FOK was standing in for OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah who was unable to attend the ceremony.
“It has been a very successful competition for Hong Kong. We have won our biggest number of medals from the Beach Games and all credit to our athletes who have performed well and after 10 days of competition,” said Ms. Vivien LAU Chef de Mission of the Hong Kong, China delegation.
“We are happy that we won so many medals in so many different sports and it shows how far we have come. I congratulate all our athletes,” added Ms. LAU who led a squad of 11 athletes at the Closing Ceremony.
Hong Kong won three gold medals with extreme sports pair LUK Chun-yin and Johnnie TANG Chun-yin winning in the skateboard and stunt skateboard events respectively. LIU Tsz-ling also won a gold medal in the women’s singles event in squash.
Squash also collected two silver medals with YIP Tsz-fung winning in the men’s singles while TONG Tsz-wing had to settle for silver after losing the women’s final to LIU.
Hong Kong’s seven bronze medals came in beach athletics where YIU Kit-ching performed well in the women’s cross-country individual; Johnnie TANG Chun-yin picking up a second medal in skateboard; Fiona CHAN On-yi finishing third in the women’s 10 kilometer Marathon Swimming; and in Muay Thai where CHIN Nagi-chung won his medal in the men’s under-83.5 kilogram category and WU Hoi-yan in the women’s under-48Kg class; Adrian LEE Chun-ting in the men’s RSX category in windsurfing.
Hong Kong also won a bronze medal in the mixed team relay event in triathlon where CHAN Yan-yin, SZETO Shiu-yan, WONG Hui-wai and Perry WONG finished an admirable third.
Hosts Thailand finished top of the standings with a record 125 medals including 56 gold medals. A total of 43 nations participated with more than 3,000 athletes and officials involved making it the largest Beach Games.
Honorary Life Vice President of the OCA, WEI Jizhong gave the thumbs up for the Games and the organisers.
“Many new sporting events were included so that the public could come to learn about them. This means the Asian Beach Games have improved by leaps and bounds and it reflects a great success. The Phuket Games will become a new platform for the next editions,” Mr. WEI said.
Vietnam will host the next Beach Games in 2016.
Last but not least, the Federation would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to Home Affairs Bureau, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, FILA Marketing (Hong Kong) Limited and Kee Wah Bakery for their staunch support to the Hong Kong, China Delegation.
Issued by: Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China
Date: 24 November 2014