HK boys take on Asia's top talent
Hong Kong BOYS are determined to put on a good show at the third Asian Schools Volleyball Championships now being held in Singapore.
The tournament, which began on Sunday and ends next Wednesday, is organised by the Singapore Schools Sports Council.
Singapore and Hong Kong have been joined by China, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Korea, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Thailand in the battle for top honours. With more teams participating this year, organisers expect a tight contest at the 10-day event.
The 12-member Hong Kong squad, led by head coach Law Wing-fai and coach Chau Kwok-kit, comprise outstanding young talent from the city's schools. The secondary students, aged 14 to 18, had to pass a tough selection trial to book their passage to the Lion City.
The boys underwent intensive training and played friendly matches during the three months before the start of the competition.
Last month, Law accompanied six members of the team to the All-China Secondary School Student Volleyball Championship in Shanghai. They took on students from 21 provinces and cities on the mainland and came fourth - their best-ever result at the event.
This creditable achievement would have provided a big boost for the team as they prepared to face the up-and-coming players in the region.
Hong Kong were to take on the Philippines in their first match yesterday.
'The team have reached their best condition in both physical strength and skills. Their morale is high and a good performance can be expected from them,' said Stephen Lee Kai-mou, senior sports executive of the Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation (HKSSF).
For more details and results of the Asian Schools Volleyball Championships 2007, check out www.asv.schoolsports.sg/