Polo

Getting into shape for the Asian Games

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 July, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 July, 2010, 12:00am

The 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games is months away, but the Hong Kong water polo team has started their preparations early.

The team, made up of mostly secondary and university students, are training six days a week to get into shape for the showpiece event.

'Most of the team members are former swimmers who want to get involved in team sports. They think swimming is too boring, and want to try playing ball games,' said coach Zhao Jinwen.

Zhao was asked about their expectations for the Games. 'We are a young and amateur team,' the coach said. 'The time we are able to put into training is much less when compared to players from the mainland or Japan who are professionals. The Asian Games is a learning experience for us, so I would not say we aim to achieve a certain place in the standings.

'Now we have around 20 guys training, and I will decide the final roster of 13 players a week or two before the tournament.

'At the moment I want them to focus on training and do their best to fight for a spot.'

Po Yue-kai, a 17-year-old from St Joseph's College who has been playing water polo for two years, is excited about taking part in the Asian Games. 'The training is very hard, but I think it's worth it,' said Yue-kai. 'I spend most of my time studying and training, which leaves me very little time to relax, but I am happy. I enjoy training and playing water polo.'