Olympic medallists come to town

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 August, 2008, 12:00am

China's sporting heroes are set to show off their amazing athletic skills in Hong Kong

The Olympics may be over but the memory of the fantastic performances by Chinese athletes will live on.

Olympic gold medallists from the mainland are arriving here on Friday to share their joy with Hongkongers and proudly display their gold medals.

The squad will stay in the city for three days, continuing a tradition that began after the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Previous visits have been a great success, with champions greeted by enthusiastic crowds wherever they went. This trip looks to be no exception as 28,000 tickets for their appearances sold out within hours.

The athletes will attend the flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square at 8am on Saturday. The public will get the chance to see their sporting heroes in person.

Later that day, between 10.30am and noon, there will be athletic demonstrations for the community to enjoy. Shek Kip Mei Sports Centre will host table tennis. Badminton will be at Kowloon Park Sports Centre, gymnastics will be at Queen Elizabeth Stadium and there will be a diving display at Shing Mun Valley swimming pool in Tsuen Wan.

Sports fans can enjoy a display from diving champion Guo Jingjing, as well as see badminton master Lin Dan in action, members of the multiple gold medal winning gymnastics squad and table tennis team.

Fans who were not lucky enough to get tickets need not be disappointed as TVB Jade will show highlights from the sports demonstrations at 10am and 4.30pm on Saturday.

Check television listings, as other broadcasters plan to show some events.

In the evening a spectacular show called China's Olympic Gold Medallists Extravaganza will be held at Hong Kong Stadium and broadcast on TVB Jade from 7pm to 9.55pm.

For more information, visit www.lcsd.gov.hk