HK athletes’ achievements hailed

Chief Executive John Lee has extended his congratulations to Hong Kong athletes on achieving outstanding results at the 4th Asian Para Games Hangzhou, commending their distinguished performance and sportsmanship.


The Hong Kong team bagged one gold medal and one bronze today.


Ng Mui-wui and Wong Ting-ting claimed triumph in the Women’s Doubles table tennis event. Meanwhile, wheelchair fencers Fan Pui-shan, Lam Ka-man, Tong Nga-ting and Yu Chui-yee took bronze in the Women’s Team sabre event.


Those medals, on the final day of competition in Hangzhou, took the Hong Kong, China delegation’s total medal haul to 47, comprising eight golds, 15 silvers and 24 bronzes. Among the delegation’s standout achievements, Hong Kong swimmers broke several Asian Para Games records and won all three medals in one event.


Mr Lee said: “Athletes of the Hong Kong team, as in the past, demonstrated their perseverance in competitions. They have earned the admiration of all Hong Kong people and made us proud.”


He added that the Government has significantly increased resources allocated to sports development for people with disabilities in recent years.


“For this financial year alone, a budget of over $130 million has been earmarked, representing an increase of 80% compared to five years ago,” the Chief Executive stressed.


He continued: “The Government, in collaboration with the China Hong Kong Paralympic Committee, launched a five-year pilot programme on careers and education for athletes with disabilities in June this year to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills so as to facilitate their integration into society and post-athletic transformation, (enabling) their second-career development in the future.”

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