Athletes criticise race marshals after wheelchair half-marathon fiasco

Wheelchair racers in the Hong Kong Marathon 2013. Photo: David Wong

Two athletes competing in last Sunday's wheelchair half-marathon at the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon event have heavily criticised race organisers. One of them even claimed he was manhandled by marshals.

Monday, 4 March, 2013, 5:08am

Wheelchair athletes join the fun at Hong Kong Marathon

Fung Ying-ki powers across the finish line. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Fung Ying-ki has every right to rest comfortably on the laurels he accepted as a multiple gold-medal-winning Paralympian in fencing but almost seven years into retirement from that sport, he showed yesterday that he had lost none of his appetite for a contest.

25 Feb 2013 - 4:13am

Athletes ready to roll on race day

A group of youngsters are overcoming their disabilities and gearing up for their first race at the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon next month. Seven students from the Red Cross Princess Alexandra School in Lam Tin plan to make a strong showing in the three-kilometre wheelchair race.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Link's malls lack access for disabled

Basic facilities such as toilets and lifts at many shopping malls run by The Link Management are inaccessible for people in wheelchairs.

25 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Resident fights for disabled access

Wheelchair-bound man seeks equality

A wheelchair-bound man is trying to force the owners of a Kennedy Town residential block to provide an access ramp, claiming he is being discriminated against.

17 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Disabled welcome debut of taxi able to take wheelchairs

An organisation representing the disabled has welcomed the introduction of a hybrid, seven-seater minivan, which will enter service in the New Territories in August.

Describing taxis now in service as 'hostile' to the needs of the disabled, Leo Lee Tze-yu, of Rehabilitation Alliance Hong Kong, said the new, spacious cabs would improve the mobility of people in wheelchairs.

23 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Putting the disabled back on the road

Centre has know-how and software to overcome handicaps

There has been quite a change in attitude in Hong Kong in the past 15 years or so to the idea of people with disabilities being able to drive, says Cecilia Lam Shiu-ling, hospital chief executive of the Rehabaid Centre.

27 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Staff will help

I refer to Ajmal Samuel's letter (South China Morning Post, August 27) about the lack of wheelchair access to the ATMs at our HSBC Hay Wah Building branch in Wan Chai.

We apologise to Mr Samuel and other wheelchair users that such access is not available.

31 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Volunteer wins daily battle for independence

Cheng Chiu-ho, 43, is one of Hong Kong's 80,000 wheelchair users and a strong believer in independence. He was paralysed from the chest down after falling down a Sai Kung cliff at a barbecue 22 years ago.

4 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

A hard road for wheelchair-bound passengers

I am a wheelchair-bound private car driver. With the opening of the Lantau Link, I thought I could join my family for a few days of holiday last summer by making my way to Cheung Sha. So, on July 31, I applied to the Transport Department for a Prohibited Zone Permit.

11 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

New bus model to assist disabled

The disabled will have greater access to public transport after the first two buses tailor-made for them arrive within the next two weeks.

The Kowloon Motor Bus Company's air-conditioned single-deckers from Britain will have wider entrances, special wheelchair spaces and ramps.

8 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Ramp obstructions removed

I REFER to the letter headlined, 'Wheelchair access blocked' (South China Morning Post, August 1).

The ramp in question is designed to provide access to the restaurant of Hong Kong Park, for the convenience of park users, in particular, those in wheelchairs. The catering contractor was asked to remove the obstacles and the situation was immediately rectified on August 2.

9 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

New parking arrangements at hospital are so unfair

I AM a wheelchair-bound person with a car, who has to make periodic visits to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for check-ups.

I have been using the parking facilities for eight years without encountering any problems.

28 Apr 1995 - 12:00am

Super-shopper keeps up freewheeling style

WHEN you're a card-carrying member of the Palm Beach - as in Florida - glitz set, not even the little matter of a broken leg can quite dampen spirits.

The Rolls-Royce-driven lifestyle, lubricated with vintage champagne, must go on - and Arlette Gordon intends to do just that.

20 Oct 1994 - 12:00am