OCA Vice President Timothy Fok answers questions from the media in Hong Kong on Monday
EAG a ‘watershed’ for HK
14 Dec 2009
Hong Kong: “Celebration is short. Preparation is long.” Those were the words of Hong Kong’s top sports official, Timothy Fok, at a farewell tea party in the East Asian Games media centre on Monday afternoon. Several athletes and coaches attended the function to speak of their experiences after Hong Kong won 26 gold medals and a total of 110 medals in the nine-team quadrennial multi-sports games.
“For a long time their achievements here will give them a lot of confidence. It is a great catalyst and we have set the standard for the future,” said Mr Fok.
“I always say that celebration is short, preparation is long, and we have to equip them immediately for the next challenge.”
Mr Fok, the OCA Vice President from the East Asia region, described the EAG as a “watershed” moment in Hong Kong’s sporting history because the athletes had risen to the occasion.
“The legacy will be a sports culture in Hong Kong,” he said.
“The athletes have been training for years and, thanks to strong support behind them, have achieved the best results ever for Hong Kong.
Mr Fok thanked the local sports associations of the 22 sports involved, the staff and 6,000 volunteers for making the fifth EAG a memorable occasion for Hong Kong.
“It is the end of the East Asian Games but another one will start in Tianjin in 2013,” he said.