Security to be stepped up at Hong Kong hotel ahead of Olympic stars’ visit

64-strong delegation will be staying at the InterContinental Grand Stanford hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 August, 2016, 11:19am
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 August, 2016, 10:52pm

The five-star hotel where China’s top Olympic athletes will be staying this weekend will step up security measures for the touring group’s three-day stay.

The 64-strong delegation, including the 12 “golden girls” of the women’s volleyball squad and their head coach Lang Ping, will be staying at the InterContinental Grand Stanford hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui which overlooks the city’s harbourfront.

The hotel, which welcomed previous Chinese Olympians in 2004 and 2008, said they will up security measures as they do when celebrity clients or VIPs visit, according to a hotel spokeswoman.

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“We cannot reveal what kind of security measures for privacy reasons, but we can confirm that we will raise security levels to ensure that they will be well protected,” the hotel spokeswoman said.

The mainland delegation, who will arrive at the hotel around noon on Saturday, will be greeted with welcome banners hung across the lobby and head to a private welcome luncheon.

China’s swimming sensation Fu Yuanhui, who stole the hearts of millions with her post-race interviews, is on the guest list, along with fellow swimming star Sun Yang, badminton champ Chen Long and diving queen Wu Minxia, who has won four consecutive Olympic golds.

Sports fans will also get a chance to show their appreciation for Lin Dan, regardless of the badminton star’s unsuccessful defence of his Olympic title in Brazil.

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“Hotel guests may have the chance to bump into them if they choose to eat at our restaurants or use any of our facilities during their free time,” the hotel spokeswoman said.

During the trip, the athletes will stage table tennis and diving demonstrations at Queen Elizabeth Stadium and Victoria Park, as well as a variety show on Sunday.

They will also have a meet-and-greet session with youngsters in Ma On Shan and visit the Hong Kong Sports Institute to meet local athletes.

The 5,700 tickets for the various events on offer to the public sold out within hours on Monday. The HK$20 tickets were later scalped online for more than HK$900, although most listings were taken down the next day.