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Nanjing should think twice before bidding for Asian Games

The 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou. Photo: AFP

When Nanjing Communist Party chief Yang Weize told a press conference earlier this month the Jiangsu capital was interested in hosting the 2019 Asian Games after Vietnam withdrew, he exuded absolute confidence.

Saturday, 31 May, 2014, 2:37am 3 comments

Mark Wright and Keith Robertson boost Asian Games hopes

Keith Robertson, seen in action here against China's Li Yang, has made himself available for the Asian Games in September. Photo: David Wong

Former captain Mark Wright and playmaker Keith Robertson have made themselves available for Hong Kong's Asian Games sevens campaign in Incheon, South Korea, in September.

15 May 2014 - 3:13pm 1 comment

Hong Kong triathlon squad newly motivated

Neil Harvey (sitting) and Patrick Kelly. Photo: Richard Castka/Sportpix International

Point-scoring issues that have dogged the Hong Kong triathlon squad in its bid to retain its elite-sport status at the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) seem set to become a thing of the past.

16 Jun 2013 - 4:55am

Hong Kong women's cricket team beats odds to qualify for Asian Games

Hong Kong coach Charlie Burke. Photo: May Tse

Hong Kong, despite missing four or five of their best players, finished fourth at the Asian Cricket Council Women's Championship in Chiang Mai, Thailand, last week to secure a place at the Asian Games, which will feature cricket for only the second time.

7 Feb 2013 - 3:54am

Left field: Wong makes us all look like dopes

Asian Games gold medallist Steven Wong. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Hong Kong had its own "Lance Armstrong" case this past week when it emerged that Asian Games gold medallist Steven Wong had tested positive for drugs and had been banned for two years by the international governing body of cycling.

27 Jan 2013 - 4:44am

Wong won't lose Games gold after failing doping test as a professional

Steven Wong

Hong Kong cyclist Steven Wong will not be stripped of his Asian Games gold medal and the HK$400,000 reward he received for it after it emerged yesterday that he failed a doping test last year.

22 Jan 2013 - 3:48am

Left Field: 2023 Asian Games look out of reach for Hong Kong

Many of the bigwigs on the Olympic Council of Asia executive board attended the wedding of former China diving queen Guo Jingjing and Kenneth Fok Kai-kong.

Many of the bigwigs on the Olympic Council of Asia executive board - 37 to be exact - didn't return home straight after the end of the 31st general assembly in Macau.

11 Nov 2012 - 4:09am

Joint-city bids ruled out by OCA as Hanoi wins Asian Games for 2019

President of OCA Sheikh Ahmad (front centre) signs an agreement with the delegates of Vietnam during the OCA's general assembly.

A joint-city bid for the 2023 Asian Games was ruled out by the head of the Olympic Council of Asia yesterday after Hanoi was declared the winner of the 2019 edition, defeating Indonesia's Surabaya in a tight race.

There were suggestions from certain sections of the OCA previously that a joint bid by Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen for the 2023 Games might be attractive and cost-saving.

9 Nov 2012 - 2:58am

Bring Asian Games to Hong Kong in 2023, says top official

Hong Kong should bid for the 2023 Asian Games, a senior sports official said after the Olympic Council of Asia decided the host city for the 2019 Games yesterday.

The vice president of the Hong Kong Olympic Committee, Vivien Lau Chiang-chu, said: "We will have all sports infrastructure, including the Kai Tak sports hub, ready by 2023 and, timing-wise, it will just be perfect."

9 Nov 2012 - 2:40am

Wong Kam-po bows out of cycling after two decades at the top

Wong Kam-po

Veteran Wong Kam-po said he has no regrets about calling time on his 20-year-plus cycling career, as he finished his last competitive race in the Tour of Taihu in Jiangsu yesterday.

Wong, who will turn 40 in March, said he had gained much more than he had lost as a professional rider.

9 Nov 2012 - 2:40am

Hanoi expected to be voted host of 2019 Asian Games

Hanoi expected to be voted host of 2019 Asian Games

Hanoi has emerged as favourite to win today's Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) vote to host the 2019 Asian Games, the second-largest multi-sports games next to the Olympics, which Hong Kong thumbed its nose at and turned down the opportunity to contest.

8 Nov 2012 - 5:24am

Left field: Let's put rugby eggs in one basket

Hong Kong's victorious team celebrate after defeating Japan in the final to win the Mumbai Sevens. The victory makes Hong Kong the top sevens side in Asia. Photo: SCMP

At last, champions of Asia. Even if it is only seven-a-side rugby, Hong Kong's triumph at a former bastion of British colonialism, the Bombay Gymkhana Club, last Sunday is long overdue.

21 Oct 2012 - 5:18am

Triathlon: Kelly's priority - preserving elite status

New coach Patrick Kelly aims to turn Hong Kong triathletes, particularly the juniors, into world-beaters, beginning with improving swim times. Photo: Xinhua

Despite having some of the best training facilities in the world, the Hong Kong Triathlon Association is in danger of losing its elite funding status at the Sports Institute (HKSI) unless the national squad can win the required nine performance points over the next two years.

21 Oct 2012 - 1:50am

Horse whisperer's passion to jump

Raena Leung tries to clear a fence in practice. Photo: SCMP

She can speak Cantonese, Putonghua, French and German, but when Raena Leung Hou-ling whispers to her horse to urge him to find his flying feet, it is English she uses.

Born in the United States, the multilingual Hong Kong showjumper has put on hold a career as a sports psychologist as she tries to crack the big time.

21 Oct 2012 - 1:50am

Sports events rarely bring host cities' people together

Alvin Sallay's article about the positive effect of large-scale, one-off sporting events is plainly wrong ("A powerful glue to bind a nation", October 7), especially when he suggested Hong Kong should again consider bidding to host the Asian Games as a way to bring society together.

14 Oct 2012 - 2:32am