Hong Kong needs more sports facilities

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 October, 2011, 12:00am


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Playing sports should be made more convenient for the population.

As an international city, Hong Kong focuses mostly on the economy and tourism. Most Hong Kong residents work in offices. They lack exercise.

One of the reasons the city's residents do no exercise or do not do enough exercise is that they are too busy. But another reason is that in Hong Kong there are not enough sports facilities. If they want to do sport, residents need to spend a lot of time getting to facilities.

So the Hong Kong government should increase the number of sports facilities, especially those offering common sports, such as swimming pools, badminton courts and cycling paths. These simple and interesting sports attract a lot of people.

Michael So

Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Lui Yun Choy Memorial College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Michael. Just recently I went to Europe for the first time. On the first trip I went to Zurich in Switzerland and I was amazed at how cycle friendly the city was. There are special lanes for cyclists so everyone can cycle to work or to school, or just go out on weekends for a ride.

Then two weeks ago, I went to Vienna in Austria, and there you can easily hire bicycles to ride from one place to another. I noticed in Seattle how the buses are adapted so that cyclists can just pop their bikes on the front. And all of that made me wonder why such a great city as Hong Kong seems unable or unwilling to foster this healthy and environmentally friendly way of getting around.

Susan, Editor