Alvin Sallay

Alvin Sallay

Alvin Sallay was a Sunday columnist with the paper for more than 10 years and reported on the Hong Kong sports scene for the last 25 years. Through his columns he covered four Olympic Games and one soccer World Cup. A long-time Asia expert, he has also been to seven consecutive Asian Games.

Latest from Alvin Sallay

Jamie Atkinson boost for Hong Kong - Irfan Ahmed stars in victory over Ardingly College
28 Jun 2015 - 2:20PM
Opinion | Left Field: Gurvinder Singh Dillon broke down racial barriers to play for Football Club

The hockey community has been in deep mourning at the death of Gurvinder Singh Dillon, popularly known as "Guv". At 35, Guv was too young to be taken by cancer, which he had battled for the past three years before succumbing last Monday. It left his mum and dad, Billy and Santhia, having to face the hardest thing a parent can do.

The hockey community has been in deep mourning at the death of Gurvinder Singh Dillon, popularly known as "Guv". At 35, Guv was too young to be taken by cancer, which he had battled for the past three years before succumbing last Monday. It left his mum and dad, Billy and Santhia, having to face the hardest thing a parent can do.

Left Field: Gurvinder Singh Dillon broke down racial barriers to play for Football Club
19 May 2016 - 2:40PM
Kai Tak Sports Hub - funding approval delayed again after Legco Finance Committee adjourns meeting
27 Jun 2015 - 12:06AM
ICC World Twenty20 build-up - Hong Kong lose Jamie Atkinson and Waqas Barkat

A visa snag and a freak accident have robbed Hong Kong of both wicketkeepers in the build-up to their 2016 ICC World Twenty20 qualifying campaign.

A visa snag and a freak accident have robbed Hong Kong of both wicketkeepers in the build-up to their 2016 ICC World Twenty20 qualifying campaign.

ICC World Twenty20 build-up - Hong Kong lose Jamie Atkinson and Waqas Barkat
25 Jun 2015 - 10:42AM
Boots and all | Like New Zealand, Japan will wheel out big guns for Olympic quest

Every sevens-playing nation will be primed and ready to roll out the big guns – including Japan, Hong Kong's biggest threat in qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Every sevens-playing nation will be primed and ready to roll out the big guns – including Japan, Hong Kong's biggest threat in qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Like New Zealand, Japan will wheel out big guns for Olympic quest
23 Jun 2015 - 9:57PM
Left Field: Putting Hong Kong on the darts map
20 Jun 2015 - 7:23PM
New Hong Kong darts tournament ready to rock the house and town

Hong Kong will have a second "Hong Kong Sevens" this year when the first major professional darts tournament is staged on the Central waterfront.

Hong Kong will have a second "Hong Kong Sevens" this year when the first major professional darts tournament is staged on the Central waterfront.

New Hong Kong darts tournament ready to rock the house and town
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Boots and all | Why winning home qualifying tournament is Hong Kong rugby’s best Olympic hope

The pieces are falling into place and when the jigsaw is complete it will paint a bleak picture for Hong Kong, who will have to win the Asian qualifiers to make it to next year's Rio Olympics.

The pieces are falling into place and when the jigsaw is complete it will paint a bleak picture for Hong Kong, who will have to win the Asian qualifiers to make it to next year's Rio Olympics.

Why winning home qualifying tournament is Hong Kong rugby’s best Olympic hope
17 Jun 2015 - 10:01AM
Left Field: China FA's odd posters of World Cup opponents backfire
13 Jun 2015 - 8:55PM
Boots and all | Hong Kong Sevens fans could be April fools as World Rugby prepares to announce dates

Rugby fans could be playing the April fool next year when the Hong Kong Sevens is moved from its traditional last-weekend in March event date.

Rugby fans could be playing the April fool next year when the Hong Kong Sevens is moved from its traditional last-weekend in March event date.

Hong Kong Sevens fans could be April fools as World Rugby prepares to announce dates
1 Jul 2015 - 10:19PM
'Scumbags' v 'lackeys' - why sport is losing out as politicians argue over Kai Tak stadium plans

Is it a white elephant or a vital piece of infrastructure to maintain Hong Kong's status as "Asia's World City"? Essentially those are the opposing views about the long-delayed and controversial Kai Tak Multi-Purpose Sports Complex (MPSC) project, which took another blow in recent weeks.

Is it a white elephant or a vital piece of infrastructure to maintain Hong Kong's status as "Asia's World City"? Essentially those are the opposing views about the long-delayed and controversial Kai Tak Multi-Purpose Sports Complex (MPSC) project, which took another blow in recent weeks.

'Scumbags' v 'lackeys' - why sport is losing out as politicians argue over Kai Tak stadium plans
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Left Field: Study is not sole road to success
7 Jun 2015 - 12:02AM
Olympic gold medallist Mary Kom on the look out for India's next boxing champion

One of the country's most famous athletes reveals how Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee were her inspirations growing up

One of the country's most famous athletes reveals how Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee were her inspirations growing up

Olympic gold medallist Mary Kom on the look out for India's next boxing champion
10 Jun 2015 - 9:54AM
Sepp Blatter did a lot of good for smaller countries, says Hong Kong FA president Timothy Fok
4 Jun 2015 - 9:35PM
Boots and all | Olympic gamble no guarantee of passport to success for dream-chasing trio

Try putting yourself in the shoes of sevens veterans Nick Hewson, Lee Jones and Ben Rimene, and then consider what decision you would take on giving up your birthright to chase a dream.

Try putting yourself in the shoes of sevens veterans Nick Hewson, Lee Jones and Ben Rimene, and then consider what decision you would take on giving up your birthright to chase a dream.

Olympic gamble no guarantee of passport to success for dream-chasing trio
4 Jun 2015 - 2:01PM
Samuel Saiz scores winner as Atletico Madrid beat West Ham in HKFC Citibank Sevens final
1 Jun 2015 - 8:22AM
Hong Kong tennis star Jack Wong ditches studies to enrol in sport's school of hard knocks

Teenage siblings Jack Wong Hong-kit and Cody Wong Hong-yi could represent the next generation of tennis in Hong Kong, but even Cody is surprised by her brother's dedication - he is quitting school to follow his pro dreams.

Teenage siblings Jack Wong Hong-kit and Cody Wong Hong-yi could represent the next generation of tennis in Hong Kong, but even Cody is surprised by her brother's dedication - he is quitting school to follow his pro dreams.

Hong Kong tennis star Jack Wong ditches studies to enrol in sport's school of hard knocks
31 May 2015 - 1:58PM
Opinion | Left Field: How Hong Kong pan-democrats' filibuster threatens to ruin our sporting dream

Summer is coming and the outlook is gloomy for the Kai Tak Sports Complex following the setback in Legco with the government dropping a funding request that was to go before the Finance Committee.

Summer is coming and the outlook is gloomy for the Kai Tak Sports Complex following the setback in Legco with the government dropping a funding request that was to go before the Finance Committee.

Left Field: How Hong Kong pan-democrats' filibuster threatens to ruin our sporting dream
30 May 2015 - 10:08PM
Rising Russia to join Portugal and Zimbabwe in Hong Kong Cup of Nations

Hong Kong will take the international game to the local community in November with an expanded home test programme featuring Portugal, Russia and Zimbabwe played at three different venues.

Hong Kong will take the international game to the local community in November with an expanded home test programme featuring Portugal, Russia and Zimbabwe played at three different venues.

Rising Russia to join Portugal and Zimbabwe in Hong Kong Cup of Nations
30 May 2015 - 4:51PM
Accused officials brought shame on soccer, says Fifa's Sepp Blatter

Fifa president Sepp Blatter broke his silence on the corruption crisis engulfing soccer, saying that accused officials had brought shame and humiliation on the sport’s global governing body.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter broke his silence on the corruption crisis engulfing soccer, saying that accused officials had brought shame and humiliation on the sport’s global governing body.

Accused officials brought shame on soccer, says Fifa's Sepp Blatter
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Boots and all | Go with the best even if the ref is not neutral, says Eddie Jones

Take a bow Tim Baker. Eddie Jones believes you are one of the best referees in Asia and should have been in charge of the last game in the Asia Rugby Championship between Hong Kong and Japan even though you are a Hong Kong referee.

Take a bow Tim Baker. Eddie Jones believes you are one of the best referees in Asia and should have been in charge of the last game in the Asia Rugby Championship between Hong Kong and Japan even though you are a Hong Kong referee.

Go with the best even if the ref is not neutral, says Eddie Jones
30 May 2015 - 4:05PM
Fearless approach will help us qualify for World Twenty20, says new Hong Kong captain Tanwir Afzal

New captain Tanwir Afzal promised to play “fearless” cricket as Hong Kong attempt to win through to the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in India next year.

New captain Tanwir Afzal promised to play “fearless” cricket as Hong Kong attempt to win through to the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in India next year.

Fearless approach will help us qualify for World Twenty20, says new Hong Kong captain Tanwir Afzal
27 May 2015 - 2:03PM
Future of cricket at the Asian Games hangs in the balance

The future of cricket at the Asian Games hangs in the balance after the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) delayed a decision on the sport's exclusion from the next edition of the multisports event in Jakarta in 2018.

The future of cricket at the Asian Games hangs in the balance after the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) delayed a decision on the sport's exclusion from the next edition of the multisports event in Jakarta in 2018.

Future of cricket at the Asian Games hangs in the balance
25 May 2015 - 11:26PM
Eddie Jones open to Hong Kong players in Japan-based Super Rugby franchise

Hong Kong could field players in the new Japan-based Super Rugby franchise according to Brave Blossoms' coach Eddie Jones - but it will depend on how the team perform in their inaugural season next year.

Hong Kong could field players in the new Japan-based Super Rugby franchise according to Brave Blossoms' coach Eddie Jones - but it will depend on how the team perform in their inaugural season next year.

Eddie Jones open to Hong Kong players in Japan-based Super Rugby franchise
5 Jun 2015 - 3:01PM
Deluge delivers salvation for Hong Kong in Asian championship

Hong Kong held on to their number two spot in Asia after the final match in the Asia Rugby Championship against Japan was abandoned on Saturday owing to torrential rain – much to the disgust of World Cup-bound Japanese coach Eddie Jones. Hong Kong’s women lost 12-27 in their finale against Japan and ended third in the Asia Women’s Rugby Championship.

Hong Kong held on to their number two spot in Asia after the final match in the Asia Rugby Championship against Japan was abandoned on Saturday owing to torrential rain – much to the disgust of World Cup-bound Japanese coach Eddie Jones. Hong Kong’s women lost 12-27 in their finale against Japan and ended third in the Asia Women’s Rugby Championship.

Deluge delivers salvation for Hong Kong in Asian championship
31 May 2015 - 7:08PM
Pace and possession key to Japan’s success at World Cup, says Eddie Jones

Possession and playing at pace will be the key ingredients for Japan at the Rugby World Cup, according to head coach Eddie Jones, who is mapping out a strategy he hopes will enable his charges to spring a surprise or two this September in England.

Possession and playing at pace will be the key ingredients for Japan at the Rugby World Cup, according to head coach Eddie Jones, who is mapping out a strategy he hopes will enable his charges to spring a surprise or two this September in England.

Pace and possession key to Japan’s success at World Cup, says Eddie Jones
30 May 2015 - 3:12PM
Opinion | Left Field: Hong Kong's home-grown players need more playing time in the Premier League

Lo Kwan-yee hit the nail on the head soon after Kitchee clinched the treble this season by defeating Eastern in the FA Cup final when he said it was a pity local players were not being given more opportunities in the Premier League.

Lo Kwan-yee hit the nail on the head soon after Kitchee clinched the treble this season by defeating Eastern in the FA Cup final when he said it was a pity local players were not being given more opportunities in the Premier League.

Left Field: Hong Kong's home-grown players need more playing time in the Premier League
23 May 2015 - 9:21PM
Hong Kong ‘must be brave against Japan’

Head coach Andy Hall has called for Hong Kong to take a lesson from the adventurous style of South Korea and give it their best shot against Japan at Aberdeen Stadium on Saturday.

Head coach Andy Hall has called for Hong Kong to take a lesson from the adventurous style of South Korea and give it their best shot against Japan at Aberdeen Stadium on Saturday.

Hong Kong ‘must be brave against Japan’
23 May 2015 - 12:01AM
Hong Kong go down to Namibia in second T20

A late burst from stand-in captain Tanwir Afzal, who blasted an unbeaten 55, failed to save Hong Kong from slipping to defeat in the second Twenty20 match allowing Namibia to level the two-match series 1-1 in Windhoek

A late burst from stand-in captain Tanwir Afzal, who blasted an unbeaten 55, failed to save Hong Kong from slipping to defeat in the second Twenty20 match allowing Namibia to level the two-match series 1-1 in Windhoek

Hong Kong go down to Namibia in second T20
20 May 2015 - 12:10PM
Niall Rowark to show the way against Japan as coach insists Hong Kong won’t just defend

Hong Kong will “not go out to defend for 80 minutes” and will look to fly-half Niall Rowark to lead the attack against Japan in the Asia Rugby Championship finale at Aberdeen Stadium on Saturday.

Hong Kong will “not go out to defend for 80 minutes” and will look to fly-half Niall Rowark to lead the attack against Japan in the Asia Rugby Championship finale at Aberdeen Stadium on Saturday.

Niall Rowark to show the way against Japan as coach insists Hong Kong won’t just defend
20 May 2015 - 4:15PM