Li Ching

Time to turn cash into gold

Hong Kong sports supremo Timothy Fok Tsun-ting urged the government to provide more support to elite sports development after riding the euphoria of sprint cyclist Lee Wai-sze's success.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:01pm

Blending over backwards

Taiwanese illustrator Jimmy Liao's graphic novel A Chance of Sunshine occupies a special place in Stefan Harfich's collection of books.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Olympic hero Ko hangs up his bat

Ko Lai-chak, who helped Hong Kong win a silver medal in the men's doubles table tennis event at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, has retired.

'I am not young any more and should give the chance to others, especially those up-and-comers,' Ko, 35, said on the eve of the Hong Kong team leaving for the Asian championships in Macau.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Geng snatches wushu gold for her adopted homeland

Hong Kong wushu players ended their eight-year run without a gold medal at the Asian Games when Geng Xiaoling won the women's changquan at Nansha Gymnasium yesterday.

17 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Olympian gives up game for party

Olympic silver medallist Li Ching has been outplayed by strong rivals before, but this time he has lost a table tennis match before even hitting a ball. Hong Kong's top player has to withdraw from the National Games to join the city's delegation to Beijing for National Day celebrations.

1 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Last-chance saloon for Hong Kong

Hong Kong are in the last-chance saloon for medals, as the table tennis singles events get under way at the Peking University Gymnasium today.

Approaching the final stages of the Games, Hong Kong must rely on table tennis to equal or better their results in Athens, when Li Ching and Ko Lai-chak returned home with a silver medal in the men's doubles.

20 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

It won't be easy, but HK expected to win despite tough draws

The Hong Kong men's team faces an uphill battle to keep their Olympic glory after the draw was made yesterday.

Li Ching and Ko Lai-chak clinched a silver medal in the doubles in Athens four years ago, but they will find things more difficult when the event kicks off at Peking University Gymnasium next Wednesday.

8 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Coach's cunning plan on target

HK men's table tennis team trainer has plotted a smart route to the semi-finals

Hong Kong table tennis men's team head coach Chan Kong-wah and star player Li Ching are confident of winning a medal in Beijing this August.

'We clinched a silver medal at the last Olympic Games, so we hope to at least win one medal in Beijing,' said Chan.

20 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Race is on for HK's aspiring Olympians

Twenty-two and rising - that's the number of Hong Kong athletes who have already qualified for the Games.

Hong Kong sent a 32-member squad to Athens four years ago, and with the qualification deadline closing in, other athletes from table tennis, athletics, shooting, cycling and equestrianism are frantically trying to make the grade.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

HK men prepare for tough battle with China

Hong Kong face a mission impossible as they attempt to beat the all-conquering Chinese men today before their home fans to reach the final of the world team championships.

1 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

HK hit hard by ban on table tennis players who switch countries

Hong Kong's table tennis ambitions were hit yesterday when the sport's ruling body introduced rules barring players over 21 who have switched countries from playing in top events and limiting participation in them by younger players who switch.

The move will particularly hit Chinese nationals who cannot make the national team and places such as Hong Kong that 'import' them.

1 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Hong Kong women sweep Germany to boost hopes of quarter-final spot

Hong Kong's women moved a step closer to finishing top of their group with an impressive 3-0 victory over Germany at the world team championships in Guangzhou yesterday.

With only minnows Thailand to meet in the last match in group C today, Hong Kong should have little problem qualifying directly for the quarter-finals, which start on Friday.

27 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Hong Kong make solid start at worlds

Hong Kong got off to a convincing start in the world team championships with perfect scores in both the men and women's events on the opening day.

The women's team, aiming for a third successive final, trounced Belarus 3-0 in group C at Guangzhou Gymnasium yesterday, while the men conquered Spain in group D with the same scoreline.

25 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Flag curb threat 'would hit HK hard'

Bid to bar players from switching nationalities

A proposal to ban players from switching nationalities in their search for glory will stunt 'human development', Tony Yue Kwok-leung, chairman of the Hong Kong Table Tennis Association, warned last night.

26 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Ko and Li fall at semi-final stage

Hong Kong's men's doubles pair, Ko Lai-chak and Li Ching, fell at the penultimate hurdle at the Volkswagen Pro Tour Grand Finals in Beijing yesterday when mainland duo Chen Qi and Wang Liqin beat them in the semi-final, the International Table Tennis Federation website reported. Ko and Li, the Olympic silver medallists in Athens three years ago, went down 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-4.

16 Dec 2007 - 12:00am