Hong Kong sporting events

Tennis star Li Na targets new Hong Kong Open next year

Li Na

The Hong Kong Open will be staged from September 8 next year, a week after the US Open finishes in New York - a fact that will increase the chances of local fans seeing Li in action. The Hong Kong event has been given "International" status by the Women's Tennis Association, which places it one rung below the organisation's top-level "Premier" events, which in turn sit below the grand slams.

Friday, 1 February, 2013, 2:45am

Star-studded line up of players for Hockey 6s tournament

Australian legend Jamie Dwyer. Photo: Dickson Lee

The World Hockey Challenge will feature stars from the four representative teams - Australia, Great Britain, the Netherlands and the Hong Kong Barbarians - competing in the international section of the Hockey 6s. The International Federation of Hockey (FIH) has backed the all-star format.

1 Feb 2013 - 2:45am

Disability no hurdle to Special Marathon 2013 participants

Runners put their best feet forward at the sports track at Chinese University's Sha Tin campus yesterday morning. Photo: Felix Wong

Thousands of people took part in a special race yesterday aimed at breaking down the barriers for people with mental disabilities.

A record-high turnout of 1,988 people took part in the three-kilometre and five-kilometre races of the iRun Hong Kong Jockey Club Special Marathon 2013, organised by the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals.

21 Jan 2013 - 4:59am

Asia Trophy soccer tournament returns to Hong Kong in July

Brian Leung

The season's worst-kept secret is now official - champions Manchester City are to highlight an exciting line-up this summer as the popular English Premier League (EPL) Asia Trophy returns to Hong Kong.

18 Jan 2013 - 4:27am

Nepalese Manikala Rai aims for Vibram 100

Manikala Rai, a favourite for the Vibram Hong Kong 100, trains at Sai Kung. Photo: Dickson Lee

Five years ago, Manikala Rai was inspired to take up running after watching a group of women descend Everest in the high-altitude Tenzing Hillary Marathon. Tomorrow, she will be the one to inspire, as she becomes the first woman to represent Nepal in the Vibram Hong Kong 100.

18 Jan 2013 - 4:27am

Local duo keen to take on world in first Asia masters

Brazilian equestrian Nelson Pessoa and Kenneth Cheng at the event to announce details of the championship. Photo: Warton Li

Leading local riders Kenneth Cheng Man-kit and Raena Leung Hou-ling will rub shoulders with the world's top equestrians at the inaugural Longines Hong Kong Masters.

They will be hoping a good showing in Asia's first CSI five-star showjumping event will boost their Hong Kong Jockey Club sponsorship hopes.

17 Jan 2013 - 2:27am

Hong Kong bid to be core Sevens World Series team starts in March

HKRFU chairman Trevor Gregory

Hong Kong's campaign to become a core team in the annual HSBC Sevens World Series starts on home soil at its "bigger and better" event in March when the hosts will be in the company of the big boys.

17 Jan 2013 - 2:27am

Bananas for getting healthy? Here's your chance to become a fruity mascot runner

Troy de Haas is the 2013 Banana Man for the adult race.

If you resolved to be healthier this year but need a kick start, the annual Beat the Banana Charity Run could be just the motivation.

Organised by the World Cancer Research Fund Hong Kong, the charity run celebrates its eighth anniversary this year.

The 3km race has always been popular with participants for its wacky mascot, the Banana Man.

7 Jan 2013 - 5:49am

Sport Digest, December 27, 2012

Luka Noyes

Alessandro Del Piero's uncertain future in Australia could be close to being resolved, with the former Italy striker pledging his support for struggling Sydney FC. 

27 Dec 2012 - 4:30am

Ivan Lendl says big names are the way to go for Hong Kong

Ivan Lendl

Hong Kong will have to rely on "special events" like the BNP Paribas Showdown to cater for its all-star appetite, said the legendary Ivan Lendl, who will appear in a new exhibition event at the AsiaWorld-Arena next March.

22 Nov 2012 - 2:28am

Hong Kong confident of keeping Super Series badminton status

Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia is a picture of concentration during his first-round victory over Thai Boonsak Ponsana. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The city's badminton officials are confident the Hong Kong Open will remain part of the Super Series, despite fierce competition from other venues to join the world's premier tour.

The World Badminton Federation will decide the 12 hosts for 2014-17 at its congress in Bangkok later this month and Hong Kong will need to beat newcomers to keep its position on the calendar.

22 Nov 2012 - 2:28am

Oxfam Trailwalkers driven by individual goals

Upon completing the 100-kilometre race, some jumped for joy. Photo: Jonathan Wong

A new record may have been set in this year's Oxfam Trailwalker, but competitors were still streaming across the finish line last night after tackling 20 hills in the 100-kilometre race.

18 Nov 2012 - 4:58am

French team's 11 hours, 12 minutes breaks Trailwalker record

French team's 11 hours, 12 minutes breaks Trailwalker record

A record was set in the annual Oxfam Trailwalker last night when a jubilant team of runners crossed the finishing line in Yuen Long after taking just over 11 hours.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:54am

Hong Kong Open organisers wait on HK$1.6m fee

Iain Valentine of the HK Golf Association

The Hong Kong Golf Association is on tenterhooks as a HK$1.6 million sanction fee for hosting the UBS Hong Kong Open - the local game's lifeblood - has still not been confirmed.

A worst-case scenario could see the HKGA left penniless from the US$2 million showpiece come Sunday, which would be a "tremendous blow" to the game's governing body, said chief executive Iain Valentine.

15 Nov 2012 - 3:26am

Around the Island race hardly a breeze for sailors

Sailing boats compete during the Tommy Bahama Around the Island Race in Victoria harbour.

The Etchell crew that won the trophy for the women's handicap in the Tommy Bahama Around the Island Race yesterday were not sure they would even be able to start after an equipment accident on the eve of the race.

"We broke the fitting that attaches the boom to the mast in another race and only fixed it on Saturday night," said Jenny Cooper.

12 Nov 2012 - 4:49am