High hopes for Youth Olympics
Eighteen of Hong Kong's most promising athletes will strive for glory at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing from August 16-28.
Swimmer Siobhan Haughey, the reigning 100m freestyle world junior champion, and table tennis prodigy Doo Hoi-kem, the world number one in the under-18 rankings, are both medal favourites. Alex Lee Cheuk-yiu, the world junior number 10 in badminton, and foil fencer Choi Chun-yin, the first Asian to qualify for his event, are also medal hopefuls.
In the inaugural Games in Singapore four years ago, Hong Kong sent 14 athletes and scooped silvers in windsurfing and showjumping.
Pang Chung, secretary general of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, said it was hard to predict how the team would fare in the medal stakes.
"There are events for teams formed by athletes from different nations, like the one we bagged a silver medal in equestrian last time. So the total number of medals we can get will also be affected by the ability of other athletes," Pang said. "For individual events, I think our badminton and table tennis players have high hopes," he said.
Rising stars Kitty Tam Yik-ching and Lucas Lam will put their skills to the test in the golf event, which makes its first appearance. Olympic swimmer Stephanie Au Hoi-shun will serve as ambassador.