Despite combining the best elements of football and basketball, handball has yet to take off in Hong Kong due to a lack of resources and promotion, says Wilson Ho Hung-pun, one of the few local athletes to make their name in the fast-paced sport. Over the past 13 years, 27- year-old Ho has proved his skills on the handball court in a variety of tournaments. Last year, he took part in the Hong Kong Handball League and was recruited to the Charry Handball Team - one of Hong Kong's few commercially-sponsored handball teams. The side won the championship in the Hong Kong Handball League Division I Tournament. Ho was also one of the members of the Hong Kong Handball Team, representing the SAR at the Pre-Asia Game, in which the team took the first runner-up title. Ho was nominated by the Hong Kong Amateur Handball Association for Coca-Cola's Hong Kong Sports Stars Awards. He said the nomination was in recognition of his years of dedication to the sport. Although handball has been introduced in some schools, it has yet to gain wide acceptance. Ho said this was due to a lack of promotion and a lack of handball courts. Having taken up handball in Form One, Ho said the sport would get a boost and attract more players if it was widely promoted. 'Handball does more good for people. It's a sport of teamwork, ball-handling skills, stamina and individual flair. It's also a wonderful mixture of soccer and basketball with simple rules,' he said. In Hong Kong, there are only two standard outdoor playing courts - one in Choi Hung Road and one in Victoria Park in Causeway Bay. Ho said the Hong Kong Amateur Handball Association had done a lot to promote the sport by organising courses and competitions. However, limited sponsorship from private and government sectors made it difficult to expand the sport. Despite the limited resources available to promote the sport, Hong Kong was not lagging far behind other Asian countries. Hong Kong ranked fourth, after the mainland, Japan and South Korea. However, there was still a long way for the SAR to go to make its name on the international sporting scene, Ho said. Despite working as a salesman, Ho still practises his handball skills at the Choi Hung Road court. He also works out in the gym and runs regularly to keep himself in shape. 'Good handball players should be physically fit and able to run. 'It's also recommended for beginners to strengthen their elbows to make them able to handle the ball well because the most difficult part in handball is to dribble the ball while running on court.' While young players were often physically fit, they lacked competition experience. Ho said he would spend more time coaching new players. 'I'm now 27. At this age, I don't think I can make many breakthroughs. I hope I can devote myself to training new players and share my handball techniques in the future.'