Taekwondo gets first 'China' date
HONG KONG will host the 13th World Taekwondo Championships and the sixth Women's World Taekwondo Championships in November, 1997 - the first international sports gala following the territory's return to China.
The territory landed the honour after beating European opponents France and Croatia in the International Taekwondo Federation election.
Hong Kong received 45 votes, France 23 and Croatia 15.
'Everybody wants to see what Hong Kong will look like after the handover in 1997, ' Hong Kong Taekwondo Association (HKTA) president Carl Ching Men-ky said after he returned from the World Championships in Philippines yesterday.
The HKTA have gained the support from China Minister of Sports Wu Shaozu, the president of the Amateur Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong A. de O. Sales and local and Macau business tycoon Stanley Ho.
They have also promised to join the organising committee as the Honorary Presidents.
Athletes from more than 100 countries are expected to participate in the five-day event.