Sports Development Board

Bill to end sports board approved

The Legislative Council yesterday passed a long-delayed bill to disband the Sports Development Board. It will be replaced by the Sports Commission, a move that will give the government more control over funding.

Thursday, 10 June, 2004, 12:00am

Job cuts feared in sports revamp

Legislators have raised concerns about possible job cuts, the future investment of resources and the re-deployment of experienced managers once the Sports Development Board is replaced by the Sports Commission next year.

15 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Board 'goes too far' as monitor of sports bodies

The Sports Development Board has gone too far in its monitoring and control of funding to sports bodies, according to a probe by the Ombudsman.

The watchdog also criticised the board for failing to maintain proper communications with sporting bodies.

14 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Asian Games medallists may see cash incentives slashed

Cash bonuses for Hong Kong medal winners at October's Asian Games may be slashed by half because the Sports Development Board has been unable to secure sponsors for the incentive scheme.

8 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Athletes' futures at stake as cash dries up

A shortfall of funds could see more than 100 athletes being left high-and-dry without precious grants this year. The Sports Development Board has warned the group of up-and-coming athletes they might not get much-needed money as the demand had outgrown the funds available by up to 50 per cent.

15 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

The ICAC allegations

COUNT 1: While a member of Legco, Cheng accepted $60,000 from PA Professional Consultants on April 27, 2000, to seek to influence the Chief Executive, his advisers and Home Affairs Bureau officers over the choice of members for the Sports Development Board.

1 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

'Pick legislators for sports board'

Legislators and newly elected district councillors should be appointed to the Sports Development Board, a legislator said yesterday.

Choy So-yuk, of the Hong Kong Progressive Alliance, said this was necessary because two seats on the board reserved for the Provisional Urban and Regional Councils would become vacant when the councils were scrapped on December 31.

7 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Work in the way of sporting life

More people are playing sport regularly but work is preventing many from working out, a survey has found.

Basketball was the most popular sport last year, jumping from third place in 1997, followed by swimming, the government poll showed.

Badminton - the most popular sport in 1997 - fell to third place.

30 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Board on sport seen as 'drain'

The Sports Development Board should be scrapped in a new framework for sports services, says the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong.

The federation has urged the Home Affairs Bureau to give it the board's power and funds.

6 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

SDB faces cash crunch if review panel extends list

The Sports Development Board (SDB) might be forced to draw deep into the Sports Institute's trust fund if it includes tenpin bowling and gymnastics in the final Focus Sports lineup.

The SDB on Thursday reinstated athletics as one of its 12 Focus Sports, with the review panel in the process of considering the cases for the two above-mentioned sports.

6 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Athletics back on track at SDB

The Sports Development Board (SDB) yesterday reinstated athletics as a Focus Sport after admitting it made a mistake in originally expelling the code.

In an unprecedented turnaround, SDB chairman John Hung admitted that the body was at fault in its initial assessment of the sport's suitability for elite Focus Sports status.

5 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Coffers opened for HK's athletes

THE populist view that there is no money in Hong Kong sport was discredited for good yesterday when it was revealed that some elite athletes would receive up to $200,000 per year in grants from three specially set up funds dedicated to providing financial assistance.

19 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

SDB looking for an extra $12 million

The Sports Development Board is hoping for an extra $12 million from the Government to help finance the development programmes of various national associations.

It is understood that SDB officials will be listening to financial secretary Donald Tsang's budget speech today for signs of further funding.

12 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

$300m to art, sport

The territory could emerge as a new force in the arts world in the next millennium with the creation of a centre for creative writers, an artists' resource centre and a dance school.

The Arts Development Council foreshadowed the projects after the announcement of a $300 million award for sport and culture, to be shared with the Sports Development Board.

5 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

SDB to endorse Ma for top role

THE Sports Development Board is expected to appoint Andrew Ma as its new chief executive after a meeting tomorrow to clarify important procedural matters which were overlooked at the last meeting.

12 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

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