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
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.

19 May 2016 - 2:40PM

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
Kai Tak Sports Hub - funding approval delayed again after Legco Finance Committee adjourns meeting
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.

25 Jun 2015 - 10:42AM

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
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.

23 Jun 2015 - 9:57PM

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
Left Field: Putting Hong Kong on the darts map
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.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

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
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.

17 Jun 2015 - 10:01AM

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
Left Field: China FA's odd posters of World Cup opponents backfire
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.

1 Jul 2015 - 10:19PM

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
'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.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

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
Left Field: Study is not sole road to success
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

10 Jun 2015 - 9:54AM

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
Sepp Blatter did a lot of good for smaller countries, says Hong Kong FA president Timothy Fok
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.

4 Jun 2015 - 2:01PM

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
Samuel Saiz scores winner as Atletico Madrid beat West Ham in HKFC Citibank Sevens final
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.

31 May 2015 - 1:58PM

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
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.

30 May 2015 - 10:08PM

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
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.

30 May 2015 - 4:51PM

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
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.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

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
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.

30 May 2015 - 4:05PM

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
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.

27 May 2015 - 2:03PM

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
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.

25 May 2015 - 11:26PM

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
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.

5 Jun 2015 - 3:01PM

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
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.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

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
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.

30 May 2015 - 3:12PM

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
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.

23 May 2015 - 9:21PM

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
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.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

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’
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

20 May 2015 - 12:10PM

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
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.

20 May 2015 - 4:15PM

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