Kai Tak venue to replace Wan Chai Sports Ground, says Tsang

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 November, 2012, 3:34pm
UPDATED : Friday, 09 November, 2012, 3:54pm

The government will give up the Wan Chai Sports Ground when the world-class sports complex in Kai Tak is completed in 2019, says Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing.

“By then, the one in So Kon Po [Hong Kong Stadium] can replace the function of Wan Chai Sports Ground, which is to provide sport facilities to people living on Hong Kong Island,” Tsang told a home affairs panel meeting on Friday.

“As to what will be built on the Wan Chai site, it will be a decision to be determined by the government,” he said.

Most schools and athletes currently use the sports ground in Wan Chai, next to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, for training, said Tsang. The sports ground will be of less use when they move to the new complex in Kai Tak seven years later.

Lawmaker Albert Chan Wai-yip of People Power said his party would try to prevent the government getting the Legislative Council’s approval for the sports complex in the Kai Tak project by exercising filibuster.

“The site used to build the new complex should be used to build homes to relieve the housing demands in the neighbouring districts,” he said, “The complex will eventually repeat the history of Hong Kong Coliseum in Hung Hom and hold concerts instead of sports events.”