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  1. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Hong Kong should push for a role in IRB Women's Sevens Series

    Posted Dec 09th 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Let's face it. If not for women, rugby would never have got into the Olympics. That is a fact, given that any new sport wishing to make its presence felt on the world's biggest stage must include women in these days of equality. Rugby's failed attempt to get into the 2012 Olympics was due to the sport not having enough countries where women played the game when the bid ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1100819/hong-kong-should-push-role-irb-womens-sevens-series
  2. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Hong Kong needs to find its can-do spirit for sports hub

    Posted Dec 16th 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... spirit It's no secret, says Dubai Sports City general manager Maqbul Dudhia, that the tiny desert sheikhdom harbours big ambitions of hosting the Olympic Games. And if the city which boasts ... it will be a serious contender come 2024 or 2028. Dubai's test run could well be the 2023 Asian Games. Last month, on the eve of the Olympic Council of Asia voting for the 2019 host city, Dubai pulled out ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1106344/hong-kong-needs-find-its-can-do-spirit-sports-hub
  3. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    More than a flag of convenience

    Posted Nov 16th 2013, 09:29pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com Skier's push for eligibility to represent Hong Kong at the Winter Olympics deserves to enjoy official backing More than a flag of convenience It has been downhill for freestyle skier Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon in every sense of the word since he discovered the Hong Kong Olympic Committee will not go out on a limb for him by taking up his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1357954/more-flag-convenience
  4. Sport - Other Sport - LEFT FIELD

    One step forward, two steps back

    Posted Feb 24th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com The decision to drop wrestling from the Olympics will backfire later this year, when it leapfrogs other sports and is reinstated One step forward, two steps back A decision made in faraway Lausanne, Switzerland, by 15 members of the International Olympic Committee's executive board earlier this month could well have a serious impact ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1157142/one-step-forward-two-steps-back
  5. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Left Field: 2023 Asian Games look out of reach for Hong Kong

    Posted Nov 11th 2012, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Back-door deal means Dubai will likely win the vote, leaving Hong Kong to look much further into the future to host showpiece Many of the bigwigs on the Olympic Council of Asia executive ... the extended wedding nuptials yesterday of former China diving queen Guo Jingjing and Kenneth Fok Kai-kong, eldest son of Hong Kong Olympic chief Timothy Fok Tsun-ting. It would have offered Tim Fok ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1079522/left-field-2023-asian-games-look-out-reach-hong-kong
  6. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Time to learn the law of large numbers

    Posted Jun 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... is simple. The more numbers you have, the better the chances of success- be it winning the Mark Six or a medal at the Asian Games or, now with standards set higher, even the Olympics ... by any standards, and even comparable to what leading countries spend as far as medal success at the Olympics is concerned. A lot of countries would die for such a sum spent annually ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1266783/time-learn-law-large-numbers
  7. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Hong Kong rugby sevens squad must nurture their self-belief

    Posted Sep 29th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... earned the youngsters top honours, but it also won the respect of the Hong Kong Olympic Committee, which now wants them to appear at the Youth Olympics next year- open to under-18 players- when ... by poor refereeing decisions. What the under-17 squad achieved in Nanjing will go a long way to building bridges with the rest of the sporting community. And the Hong Kong Olympic Committee's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1320083/hong-kong-rugby-sevens-squad-must-nurture-their-self-belief
  8. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Hong Kong tennis deserves chance to qualify for elite status at SI

    Posted Oct 20th 2013, 05:29am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay alvin.sallay@scmp.com HKTA is eager to gain tier A rating at the Sports Institute, but Olympic Committee decisions are hurting its chances Tennis strikes out in elite-status bid When you are on the edge, you tend to take desperate measures. The move by the Hong Kong Tennis Association to  publicly accuse the Hong Kong Sports Federation and Olympic Committee ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1335709/hong-kong-tennis-deserves-chance-qualify-elite-status-si
  9. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    Cyclist Choi Ki-ho's early retirement a crying shame

    Posted Dec 14th 2013, 08:48pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... road-racer who has proudly represented the city for the past two decades or more at the Olympics and Asian Games- winning multiple medals in the latter. Choi is Wong's heir apparent. Or he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1380516/cyclist-choi-ki-hos-early-retirement-crying-shame
  10. Sport - Hong Kong - LEFT FIELD

    No reason for athletes to remain amateurs

    Posted Jul 14th 2013, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... weekend would have seen them being crowned Olympic champions. Unfortunately, that Back to the Future time travel is only for the celluloid set, so the Hong Kong's men team had to settle ... a couple of decades ago, maybe during the time of former Hong Kong Olympic chief A de O Sales, who was a strong upholder of the beliefs and values of Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1281904/no-reason-athletes-remain-amateurs

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