Tickets to see China's Olympic heroes in HK to go on sale

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 August, 2012, 4:15am

Tickets to see some of the Chinese athletes who scored gold in the Olympics perform in Hong Kong will go on sale tomorrow.

The announcement came ahead of the return of Hong Kong's Olympic team today. The government said their efforts would be celebrated tomorrow but gave no details, except that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying would present them with certificates of commendation.

The mainland athletes will arrive in the city on August 24, and demonstrate their world-beating diving, badminton and table tennis skills the next day - with the government hopeful of getting some of the Hong Kong athletes involved.

On the evening of August 25, a celebratory extravaganza will be held at Hong Kong Stadium.

Victor Hui Chun-fui, vice-president of Hong Kong's Sports Federation and Olympic Committee, said that while it was uncertain which of China's gold medallists would be present, he was confident that most, if not all, would come to the city.

Hot on the heels of the Chinese astronauts' singing performance at the Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hui revealed the athletes would be demonstrating more than their sporting prowess at Hong Kong Stadium. "Some of them are also very talented at singing too," he said.

Tickets to see the athletes in action will be on sale at City Hall, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and Sha Tin and Tuen Mun town halls. The badminton and table tennis events will be held at Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai, while the diving will be staged at Kowloon Park swimming pool.

Tickets for the extravaganza will be available from 43 Urban Ticketing outlets from Thursday.

Entry to each event will cost HK$20 and sales are limited to two per person for the sports demonstrations, and four for the extravaganza, which is expected to draw an audience of more than 30,000.

Leisure and Cultural Services Department director Betty Fung Ching Suk-yee said the Social Welfare Department would be distributing some tickets to charities so families short on cash can have a chance at seeing the sporting heroes. There will also be live television broadcasts of the performances.

Chinese athletes won 38 gold, 27 silver and 22 bronze medals in the London Olympics, which concluded on Sunday night, the best result outside China. Gold medallists include table tennis players Zhang Jike and Li Xiaoxia, badminton champion Lin Dan and divers Chen Ruolin and Wu Minxia.