Check out Hall of Champions

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 May, 2008, 12:00am

The city's new exhibition recognises the achievements of local athletes

Hong Hong's first Hall of Champions opened last month at the 2009 East Asian Games (EAG) gallery in Admiralty.

The purpose of the new exhibition is to pay homage to the city's 27 champions who have distinguished themselves at the Olympics, EAG and Asian Games.

Hongkongers are eagerly looking forward to the Beijing Olympics in August, as the torch relay makes its way towards the capital and preparations are finalised for the arrival of the athletes.

However, the EAG planning committee is working hard to make sure all the facilities are ready for the 2009 showpiece which will be hosted by Hong Kong.

They expect the EAG to benefit from the city's current enthusiasm for sport.

At the launch of the exhibition, Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, president of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong and chairman of the EAG planning committee, praised the achievements of local sports stars.

'Life for athletes is not always easy. The success of each athlete, and each medal he or she has won, has been the result of constant sweat and tears, arduous training and ruthless self-discipline,' he said.

'They are certainly the finest examples of the unwavering determination and spirit of Hong Kong people.'

The Hall of Champions displays the medals won by the 27 athletes, along with their apparel and memorabilia.

One of the garments on display was worn by Hong Kong squash star, Rebecca Chiu, who was present at the launch.

'Through the exhibition, I hope the public can have a better understanding of the athletes and give their hard work the recognition it deserves,' she said.

Another well-known sportsman, cyclist Cheung King-wai, added: 'I hope the exhibition can encourage

other local athletes to strive for the best.'

The EAG will be the first large-scale regional sports competition to be held in Hong Kong. Former windsurfer and Olympic gold medallist Lee Lai-shan said that every citizen should show their support.

'Even though they don't compete in the EAG, they can take part in the games as spectators,' San San said.

The exhibition will be open to the public at the Hong Kong Park Sports Centre on Cotton Tree Drive, Admiralty, until December 2009.

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