Hong Kong sport gets big boost

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 March, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 27 March, 1997, 12:00am

The Urban Council's Sports and Activities Sub-Committee endorsed the allocation of $38 million for community recreation and sports programmes in 1997-98.

As many as 600,000 people are expected to benefit from the programmes.

The committee also approved an additional $23 million to subsidise local sports governing bodies and associations.

Sub-Committee chairman Pao Ping-wing said the council was committed to a 'sport for all' philosophy.

The community programmes will be diversified to meet the needs of different age groups and to improve physical fitness and cultivate interest in recreation and sports.

Community activities are divided into five areas: district based, urban-wide activities; activities for senior citizens; activities for disabled persons; territory-wide activities; and joint projects with district sports associations.

Of the $38 million, $27 million will be spent on organising 7,700 district-based, urban-wide activities for 440,000 people. The council will continue urban-wide activities such as the UC Gold Card Fitness Scheme and the 'Come and Try' Scheme.

The $23 million which will subsidise local sports governing bodies and associations will be used to organise training activities, local competitions and international sporting events. Some of the money will go towards the Festival of Sports.