Gymnastics and triathlon at risk of losing millions in funding

Gymnast Angel Wong

With the next funding cycle for the 15 elite disciplines at the Sports Institute starting next month, gymnastics and triathlon have two years left to meet the criteria.

Thursday, 7 March, 2013, 5:18am

Chen rethinks retirement plan after shock defeat

Yibing Chen competes in the men's rings final  at the London Olympics. Photo: EPA

China’s Olympic champion Chen Yibing has made an abrupt U-turn on his decision to retire from gymnastics after a surprise defeat in the men’s rings competition earlier this month.

Hot favourite to retain his Beijing title in the strongman event, Chen was beaten by Brazil’s Arthur Zanetti, in a stunning upset which triggered howls of protests from Chinese officials.

31 Aug 2012 - 4:22pm

China's state sport system has to change

If you take a quick look at the popular Chinese microblog Sina Weibo, you'll notice a lot of anger: "London, we have not offended you. Why do you treat us so badly?"; "China has been wronged. Where is the justice?"; "In 2008, the Chinese people showed such friendliness towards the Olympians and the visitors. Why is China getting such cold treatment in London?"

13 Aug 2012 - 9:18pm

Bad jump ends dream for Hongkonger

Hong Kong's Shek Wai-hung sat on his backside and wondered where it had all gone wrong.

Brimming with confidence after a seventh-place finish in the men's vault at last year's World Championships in Tokyo, the 20-year-old found it a different game at this level.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Talk the talk and fly the flag, but check which one

The two guys stacking bottles of water in the corner shop were conversing in Sinhalese. One guy was complaining about some girl called Lalitha to his friend. Being from Sri Lanka, it was easy for me to understand and eavesdrop, albeit inadvertently.

28 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Boy, are they strong

Romanian brothers Giuliano and Claudio Stroe look like your typical European youngsters. Dressed in shorts, matching Iron Man shirts and running shoes, you might even say they look cute.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

London calling for injured Cheng

Cheng Fei, once the undisputed queen of gymnastics in China, is determined to overcome long-term injuries and compete at her third Olympic Games in London this summer.

At the 2008 Games in Beijing, Cheng captained China to their first women's team Olympic gold medal. Since then, however, she has been plagued by leg and ankle injuries.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

It's time to jump for joy

Trampolining has been a popular activity for generations of children, as recreation or competitive sport.

'There aren't too many children in the world that don't like trampolining, as it appeals to their sense of freedom and fun,' says Karen Smith, head of sport at ESF Educational Services.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Ready to do all it takes to succeed

Relocating abroad has not affected local gymnast Sampson Poon Chun-kit in his enthusiasm to represent Hong Kong on the global stage. The 18-year-old aspiring sports star is prepared to do all it takes to win fame and glory for himself and his hometown one day.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Shek strikes gold in US on road to Olympic Games

Leading Hong Kong gymnasts Shek Wai-hung and Angel Wong Hiu-ying both enjoyed major success ahead of their maiden Olympic campaign by winning medals at the Pacific Rim Championships in Everett, in the US state of Washington, on the weekend.

20 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Turn me loose

If anyone ever complains to you that this city lacks international sporting events of stature, you might point out that one the most important international competitions of one of the fastest-growing sports around is taking place on Thursday next week.

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Perfecting the art of hanging around

The petite brunette flexes a well-muscled bicep you wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of.

'Do these look like a stripper's arms to you?' says Tessa Yung, Hong Kong's champion pole dancer.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Gymnasts reach London

Hong Kong scored a double success after two of its gymnasts qualified for this summer's Olympic Games.

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

First for HK as Shek qualifies for Games

Shek Wai-hung has become the first gymnast from Hong Kong to qualify for an Olympic Games after a resolute performance at the test event in London.

Last year's world championships vault finalist, Shek finished 12th in the men's all-around competition from a field of 98 athletes at North Greenwich Arena, which will also be the gymnastics venue for the Games this summer.

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Dancers take pole position

The image of pole dancing has changed significantly over the past 10 years. Many now regard it as a genuine alternative for keeping fit and in Hong Kong it has been a recognised dance sport since 2004.

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am