Date : 08 Apr 2019
Hong Kong, China, April 8, 2019: Organised by the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China in cooperation with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the 62nd Festival of Sport Opening Ceremony was held on Friday, April 5 at Kowloon Park.
More than 60 sports associations have joined the annual two-month-long festival to promote their sport to the general public and to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Karl C. Kwok, chair of the organising committee; Ms. Michelle Li, Director of Leisure and Cultural Services; Mr. Ronnie Wong, Secretary General of the Federation; the Hon. Ma Fung-kwok, Legislative Councillor; Mr. Tong Wai Lun, vice chair of the organising committee, and Mr. Chris Ip Ngo Tung, Chairman of the Yau Tsim Mong District Council, officiated at the opening ceremony.
Festival Ambassadors Au Ching Ming (squash), Choi Yan Yin (triathlon), Daniel Lee Chi Wo (triathlon) and Juanita Mok Uen Ying (wushu) shared their sporting experience and promoted the “Sport for All” message to the public.
The three-day opening ceremony and carnival not only included sports trials and demonstrations but also workshops and an exhibition of Olympic history in Hong Kong.
*The presentation ceremony of the SF&OC Incentive Awards and Junior Incentive Awards 2018 was held during the opening ceremony. The Federation presented cash incentives to its member associations to recognise the outstanding performance and achievements of Hong Kong athletes in multi-sport games and world/Asian championships.
A total of HK$2,536,020 (325,000 USD) was granted to 42 sports associations, comprised of HK$1,726,700 (221,000 USD) for Incentive Awards and HK$809,320 (104,000 USD) for Junior Incentive Awards.
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