Hong Kong sporting events

HK marathon can be among world's best, says bank chief

Thousands of runners hit the streets. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association said the annual showpiece had reached bursting point with room only for 2,000 more runners this year. The total entry was a record 72,000, with nearly 7,000 failing to show. Last year, 62,300 started.

Monday, 25 February, 2013, 8:11am 1 comment

In mega fund's eyes, public takes a back seat

A protest at Admiralty against a HK$8 million handout from the government's Mega Events Fund to invite Manchester United. Photo: May Tse

The Mega Events Fund's latest furore involves an HK$8 million subsidy for Kitchee Sports Club to organise an exhibition match with Manchester United in late July. A perennial favourite of the city's soccer fans, the event should pay for itself without a cent from taxpayers.

25 Feb 2013 - 2:52am 4 comments

Julius seizes his big moment with victory in Hong Kong Marathon

Julius Maisei composes himself after making it third time lucky in yesterday's Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon, having finished fourth last year and runner-up in 2011. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The race might be backed by a bank but Julius Maisei's plans for the "life-changing" prize money he won at the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon yesterday is to take the cash and run - as far from a bank as he can.

25 Feb 2013 - 8:12am

With world watching, masses make Hong Kong Marathon a true success

A competitor takes some time to cool off during the 10-kilometer race, which attracted a record entry of 38,000 people. Photo: Sam Tsang

Marathon Sunday is a morning where Hong Kong's community spirit gets its place in the sun - or haze, as the case may be. And even just outside the commotion, just there beneath the flyover and opposite the Hong Kong Central Library, you could find a mix of what makes this city what it is.

25 Feb 2013 - 4:13am

72,000 runners ready for Hong Kong Marathon

A record 72,000 runners will take part in the 17th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon. Photo: Jonathan Wong

A year after crying out that the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon had reached "bursting point" organisers managed to squeeze in another 2,000 runners for today's showpiece. This time, it truly seems saturation point has been reached.

24 Feb 2013 - 3:42am

Manchester United fans right to cry foul about a publicly funded event

Manchester United's appearance fee is financed by public money. Photo: AFP

Since the HarbourFest controversy in 2003, the use of public money to finance big events has been a sensitive issue. The grant of HK$8 million from the Tourism Commission's Mega Events Fund to Kitchee Sports Club to organise a soccer match with Manchester United in July is a case in point. It means that the taxpayer is kicking in to help pay Manchester United's appearance fee.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:50am

Sealed with a hiss as hosts get dream draw for Hong Kong Sevens

The Hong Kong squad celebrate at yesterday's draw for the Sevens, which saw them placed in a favourable pool for the March showdown. Photo: Edward Wong

Hong Kong will rub shoulders with the 15 core teams at the sixth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series from March 22-24. They have been invited to do so by the International Rugby Board, not because they are the hosts, but because they wear the mantle of Asian sevens champions.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:39am

45-year-old housewife embraces 'last chance' to run for Hong Kong in marathon

Mother-of-two Angelina Kong Fung-sin. Photo: Richard Castka

Angelina Kong Fung-sin thought her chance of representing Hong Kong had gone. Then an e-mail arrived inviting the 45-year-old Tai Po housewife and mother-of-two to carry Hong Kong's colours in Sunday's showpiece marathon.

21 Feb 2013 - 6:08am

Anthony Chan and Grace Lien take Reservoir race honours

Grace Lien on her way to victory yesterday. Photo: Richard Castka

Grace Lien Chia-hsuan stormed through the field to win the AVOHK Mizuno Reservoir Series women's race in a good time of 54 minutes and 47 seconds, but she was disappointed to be missing out on Sunday's Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon.

18 Feb 2013 - 3:15am

Marathon official Kwan Kee wants public to be more tolerant

Kwan Kee, chairman of the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association. Photo: Dickson Lee

Kwan Kee, chairman of the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association, said yesterday that the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon would once again implement stringent rules to reduce noise pollution especially at the start of the popular 10-kilometre races, which this year have drawn a record 38,000 participants.

17 Feb 2013 - 4:41am

Runners from fire services aim to win sixth straight 10km race

Fire Services Department team's Wong Ka-wai, Cheung Chun-ngai and Chung Tak-lun. Photo: David Wong

Bragging rights are the only thing at stake in the Disciplined Services Cup, which will be contested by seven branches of the government. They are Cheung's team from the Fire Services Department, the Police, the Correctional Services Department, the Customs, the ICAC and the Government's Flying Services.

17 Feb 2013 - 4:41am

Start of something big for Hong Kong tennis

Start of something big for Hong Kong tennis

The long wait for a fully sanctioned professional tennis tournament is over thanks to the government. It has coughed up US$2 million as a one-off grant to the Hong Kong Tennis Association to buy an event sanctioned by the Women's Tennis Association.

17 Feb 2013 - 4:41am

HKTA lands professional women's tennis event with US$2m grant

Jonathan McKinley, Deputy Secretary of the Home Affairs Bureau. Photo: May Tse

Home Affairs Bureau deputy secretary Jonathan McKinley confirmed that US$2 million had been given to the Hong Kong Tennis Association, which has struck a deal with the world governing body of women's tennis to stage a WTA Tier III tournament the week after next year's US Open.

12 Feb 2013 - 10:49am

Runners take their case for shark fin ban to Hong Kong's big marathon

From left, runners Janet Ng, Kenneth Chan and Anthony Leung King-yan in their outfits for the race on February 24. Photo: Nora Tam

This will be the seventh consecutive year a group of elite local runners will run the entire 42-kilometre marathon in full-body shark costumes. "It's not so much the heavy shark head that's the challenge, but how hot and stuffy it gets in here," said Janet Ng Shiaw-hwa, as she wiggled into her suit at a demonstration in Tamar Park in Admiralty.

4 Feb 2013 - 4:40am 1 comment

Short Sport, February 4, 2013

Rafael Nadal shrugged off talk of reclaiming the world number one spot yesterday as the 11-time grand slam tennis title winner prepared to return after a seven-month injury lay-off. 

4 Feb 2013 - 3:30am

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