Snooker queen Ng On-yee and boxing idol Rex Tso voted best athletes by the media
Recently crowned women’s world champion and unbeaten super flyweight ‘Wonder kid’ Rex Tso take the accolades in awards ceremony in Kowloon Bay
Three days after missing out on top prize in Hong Kong’s “Oscar” night and then hearing news that her sport was getting a support cut, Hong Kong snooker queen Ng On-yee got one over her rivals on Friday.
The recently crowned women’s world champion was voted best female athlete at the annual Hong Kong Sports Press Association (HKSPA) best athletes awards, beating out arch-rival, cyclist Sarah Lee Wai-sze, after losing out to the 2012 London Games bronze medallist at the coveted Hong Kong Sports Stars Awards on Tuesday.
Hong Kong’s unbeaten super flyweight, Rex Tso Sing-yu, was voted best male athlete – pipping badminton star Angus Ng Ka-long by one vote and local snooker maestro Marco Fu Ka-chun by two votes. Angus Ng, last year’s historic men’s singles champion at the Hong Kong Open, and Fu, last November’s Scottish Open champion, surprisingly failed to make the final eight in the city’s most prestigious awards on Tuesday.
Ng was voted one of eight top athletes on Tuesday but was beaten by Lee for the city’s “best-of-the-best”award. Just two days later, the Sport Commission decided to reduce its cycle of support to the sport from four years to two, putting a cloud on the sport’s future.
The award was a boost for 26-year-old Ng, who was handed a HK$10,000 cash cheque for her second straight HKSPA award. She thanked the media for their support, especially during last week’s world championship in Singapore last week, where she lifted her second world title in three years.
“Thank you so much for your support. When I was competing in Singapore, my coach told me the media was closely following the competition and this lifted my spirit,” said Ng.
The award was a pleasant surprise for Tso, who earlier this month stretched his unbeaten streak to 21 wins after defeating Japanese Hirofumi Mukai before a capacity crowd of 8,000 at the Convention and Exhibition Centre.
“Many people recognise me when I take a run and they have given their support to me, so this is a nice award for me,” said 29-year-old Tso, who also took home a cheque for HK$10,000.