Big cash incentives for university athletes

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 August, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 August, 1997, 12:00am

Cash incentives will be offered to territory athletes competing in the World University Games, the Hong Kong Sports Development Board (SDB) has announced.

The 'Universiade', rated second only to the Olympics, will be staged in Sicily from August 19 to August 31.

Athletes who capture gold, silver or bronze medals will be awarded incentives of $250,000, $125,000 and $50,000 respectively in individual events, and $350,000, $200,000 and $100,000 for team events.

Sponsorship also will be sought to match the cash awards on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

And more than $150,000 will be allocated to the Hong Kong Post Secondary Colleges Athletics Association for its role.

The money will help cover administration, transportation, accommodation, equipment and the cost of souvenir programmes and uniforms for the team.

'With the increasing support from the Government and the community in recent years, Hong Kong athletes are making better progress than ever before,' said SDB chairman John Hung.

'Next month's Universiade provides an excellent opportunity for our athletes - especially for the youngsters from tertiary institutions - to compete in this major international event.

'Offering significant incentives to outstanding and committed athletes is one of the means of supporting and motivating them to strive for the best.

'I hope they will treasure this experience and bring home a lot of happy memories by meeting counterparts from all over the world.' Hong Kong will send a 46-member team, comprising 30 student athletes and 16 officials.

The SAR squad will take part in athletics, basketball, diving, gymnastics, swimming and tennis.

Athletes like runners Maggie Chan Man-yee and Wan Kin-yee, gymnast Lee Tak-ming and tennis player John Hui will take part in the games.