Chan Kin-wa

Hong Kong

Chan Kin-wa

Covering local sports news such as sporting events, athletes profiles and other major issues involving sports development in Hong Kong

Kin-wa joined the SCMP after working for the Hong Kong Sports Development Board and the government for more than a decade. Previously, he was at the Standard for six years. Kin-wa has covered the Olympic Games twice and three Asian Games as an SCMP reporter.

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Rugby hero Salom Yiu battles Covid-19 with his new disinfectant business venture

 The long-serving Hong Kong team member is preparing for life after sport but he first wants this year’s Hong Kong Sevens to be played in a safe environment.

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 The long-serving Hong Kong team member is preparing for life after sport but he first wants this year’s Hong Kong Sevens to be played in a safe environment.

Rugby hero Salom Yiu battles Covid-19 with his new disinfectant business venture
Hong Kong Premier League down to six teams after Wofoo Tai Po withdraw due to financial problems

Defending Hong Kong Premier League champions Wofoo Tai Po withdraw from the remainder of the season due to financial problems with sponsor.

29 May 2020 - 6:31PM

Defending Hong Kong Premier League champions Wofoo Tai Po withdraw from the remainder of the season due to financial problems with sponsor.

Hong Kong Premier League down to six teams after Wofoo Tai Po withdraw due to financial problems
Pandemic hands Hong Kong shuttlers second shot at Tokyo qualification as Asia Team Championships included in extended Olympic qualifiers

Hong Kong and China failed to take part this year after travel restrictions by hosts Philippines.

28 May 2020 - 11:01PM

Hong Kong and China failed to take part this year after travel restrictions by hosts Philippines.

Pandemic hands Hong Kong shuttlers second shot at Tokyo qualification as Asia Team Championships included in extended Olympic qualifiers
We did nothing wrong hiring Gary White, says FA chief Pui Kwan-kay as accusations fly over late recruitment

Chairman says coach’s appointment was made after ‘thorough board discussions’ and it turned out to be the right decision after Hong Kong’s success at the EAAF

27 May 2020 - 10:30PM

Chairman says coach’s appointment was made after ‘thorough board discussions’ and it turned out to be the right decision after Hong Kong’s success at the EAAF

We did nothing wrong hiring Gary White, says FA chief Pui Kwan-kay as accusations fly over late recruitment
BWF players braced for hectic schedule as world badminton plans September return

Hong Kong No 1 Angus Ng says he needs to increase his fitness to cope with schedule

26 May 2020 - 10:48PM

Hong Kong No 1 Angus Ng says he needs to increase his fitness to cope with schedule

BWF players braced for hectic schedule as world badminton plans September return
Hong Kong Olympic Committee slammed by lawmakers for lack of proper governance

Legco members take issue with the fastest swimmer being ignored for the 2018 Asian Games and his place going to someone, with athletes unaware of all selection criteria.

25 May 2020 - 9:50PM

Legco members take issue with the fastest swimmer being ignored for the 2018 Asian Games and his place going to someone, with athletes unaware of all selection criteria.

Hong Kong Olympic Committee slammed by lawmakers for lack of proper governance
Swim coach Sherry Tsai ends four-month nightmare as public swimming facilities reopen in Hong Kong

Decorated swimmer back in business as Leisure and Cultural Services Department reopens 33 public pools, while Hong Kong junior team members suffer physical and psychological problems during the hiatus.

21 May 2020 - 10:33PM

Decorated swimmer back in business as Leisure and Cultural Services Department reopens 33 public pools, while Hong Kong junior team members suffer physical and psychological problems during the hiatus.

Swim coach Sherry Tsai ends four-month nightmare as public swimming facilities reopen in Hong Kong
Hong Kong women’s football manager Betty Wong says Audit report ‘unfair’ to focus on Fifa ranking

HKFA’s women football manager points to strong grass-roots development over last decade as contrast to Fifa underachievement, with team set on reaching 2030 Asia Cup finals provided stable government funding.

21 May 2020 - 8:40AM

HKFA’s women football manager points to strong grass-roots development over last decade as contrast to Fifa underachievement, with team set on reaching 2030 Asia Cup finals provided stable government funding.

Hong Kong women’s football manager Betty Wong says Audit report ‘unfair’ to focus on Fifa ranking
Lee Chong Wei not convinced long-time rival Lin Dan can make a fifth Olympic appearance in Tokyo

Age is not on Lin Dan’s side as the 36-year-old continues to fall short against younger compatriots.

19 May 2020 - 10:54PM

Age is not on Lin Dan’s side as the 36-year-old continues to fall short against younger compatriots.

Lee Chong Wei not convinced long-time rival Lin Dan can make a fifth Olympic appearance in Tokyo
HKFA slammed by Legislative Council for its ‘poor governance’

Council’s Public Accounts Committee tears into the FA financial statement endorsed by ‘one-man committee’ and association’s recruitment policies.

16 May 2020 - 9:59PM

Council’s Public Accounts Committee tears into the FA financial statement endorsed by ‘one-man committee’ and association’s recruitment policies.

HKFA slammed by Legislative Council for its ‘poor governance’
Hong Kong karate exponent Grace Lau training alone in Miami – ‘it’s still too risky going somewhere else’

Lau left for United States in March fearing coronavirus outbreak might hamper her qualification campaign – now she has her ticket but faces months without competitions

14 May 2020 - 10:14PM

Lau left for United States in March fearing coronavirus outbreak might hamper her qualification campaign – now she has her ticket but faces months without competitions

Hong Kong karate exponent Grace Lau training alone in Miami – ‘it’s still too risky going somewhere else’
Save the date – Hong Kong Marathon set to return on January 24, 2021 but global pandemic leaves question marks

Hong Kong’s biggest participatory annual event, which was cancelled just before Lunar New Year because of Covid-19, will now take place in eight months time.

13 May 2020 - 10:23PM

Hong Kong’s biggest participatory annual event, which was cancelled just before Lunar New Year because of Covid-19, will now take place in eight months time.

Save the date – Hong Kong Marathon set to return on January 24, 2021 but global pandemic leaves question marks
Coronavirus: Chinese Super League set to start in late June as pandemic situation improves, reports say

A group stage competition is proposed giving China Football Association more flexibility, while accommodating AFC Champions League and 2022 World Cup qualifying.

13 May 2020 - 10:23PM

A group stage competition is proposed giving China Football Association more flexibility, while accommodating AFC Champions League and 2022 World Cup qualifying.

Coronavirus: Chinese Super League set to start in late June as pandemic situation improves, reports say
Too old for Tokyo? My rivals will be older too at the Olympics, says track cycling star Sarah Lee

The 2012 London Games bronze medal winner says it’s wrong to think that athletes should retire after 30 as she prepares for the rescheduled Olympics

12 May 2020 - 10:54PM

The 2012 London Games bronze medal winner says it’s wrong to think that athletes should retire after 30 as she prepares for the rescheduled Olympics

Too old for Tokyo? My rivals will be older too at the Olympics, says track cycling star Sarah Lee
Hong Kong Sports Institute ends six-week lockdown as pandemic eases

Shuttler Angus Ng enjoys novel experience with improvement in skills and techniques.

8 May 2020 - 6:04PM

Shuttler Angus Ng enjoys novel experience with improvement in skills and techniques.

Hong Kong Sports Institute ends six-week lockdown as pandemic eases
China amateur football team let in 100 goals in protest at refereeing – Guangdong authorities vow to investigate

Caiwu let opponents Milang run rampant in Ding Long Cup third place play-off after losing semi-final in controversial penalty shoot-out – ‘tarnishing reputation of football and image of city’

8 May 2020 - 10:20PM

Caiwu let opponents Milang run rampant in Ding Long Cup third place play-off after losing semi-final in controversial penalty shoot-out – ‘tarnishing reputation of football and image of city’

China amateur football team let in 100 goals in protest at refereeing – Guangdong authorities vow to investigate
Coronavirus: Swimming Association urges government to reopen public pools as pandemic situation improves

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department manages 44 public pools that have been closed since January because of the coronavirus

6 May 2020 - 10:23PM

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department manages 44 public pools that have been closed since January because of the coronavirus

Coronavirus: Swimming Association urges government to reopen public pools as pandemic situation improves
Relief for gym operator Nana Tsang as government relaxes Covid-19 measures

The 2019 wushu world championship silver medallist says the government’s decision to reopen gyms and other leisure facilities was good news

6 May 2020 - 7:20PM

The 2019 wushu world championship silver medallist says the government’s decision to reopen gyms and other leisure facilities was good news

Relief for gym operator Nana Tsang as government relaxes Covid-19 measures
Footballer James Ha confident of getting through difficult time interrupted by pandemic

Pay cut for Premier League players following coronavirus-shaken economy.

6 May 2020 - 10:22PM

Pay cut for Premier League players following coronavirus-shaken economy.

Footballer James Ha confident of getting through difficult time interrupted by pandemic
Coronavirus: Seven Hong Kong football teams left to fight it out when season resumes in August

The three Premier League clubs – Pegasus, BC Rangers and Yuen Long – will not be punished because of the crisis caused by the pandemic and can return to the league next season.

1 May 2020 - 10:40PM

The three Premier League clubs – Pegasus, BC Rangers and Yuen Long – will not be punished because of the crisis caused by the pandemic and can return to the league next season.

Coronavirus: Seven Hong Kong football teams left to fight it out when season resumes in August
Hong Kong FA criticised by Audit Commission for making ‘little progress’ since Project Phoenix was launched in 2011

Football Association criticised for making ‘little progress’ since reforms were made almost a decade ago as chairman urges ‘hard work’ to raise the game in the city

30 Apr 2020 - 9:05AM

Football Association criticised for making ‘little progress’ since reforms were made almost a decade ago as chairman urges ‘hard work’ to raise the game in the city

Hong Kong FA criticised by Audit Commission for making ‘little progress’ since Project Phoenix was launched in 2011
Coronavirus: Hong Kong golfers scramble to play again after clubs given go-ahead to reopen

Hong Kong has 100,000 golfers but nowhere to play since the government closed all courses in March.

29 Apr 2020 - 10:59PM

Hong Kong has 100,000 golfers but nowhere to play since the government closed all courses in March.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong golfers scramble to play again after clubs given go-ahead to reopen
Coronavirus: Hong Kong triathlon coach sacked after breaching lockdown rules at Sports Institute

Coach Steven Gleeson and athletes seen playing mahjong without wearing masks in a picture on social media – ‘whether the punishment is too heavy is disputable, but they have done something wrong,’ says insider.

23 Apr 2020 - 10:53PM

Coach Steven Gleeson and athletes seen playing mahjong without wearing masks in a picture on social media – ‘whether the punishment is too heavy is disputable, but they have done something wrong,’ says insider.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong triathlon coach sacked after breaching lockdown rules at Sports Institute
China’s Ma Long and Ding Ning top list in 21st century Dream Team voted by fans

ITTF social media followers pick Ma and Ding as their best male and female players in five-player Dream Teams according to the public ballot

22 Apr 2020 - 10:41PM

ITTF social media followers pick Ma and Ding as their best male and female players in five-player Dream Teams according to the public ballot

China’s Ma Long and Ding Ning top list in 21st century Dream Team voted by fans
First Division leaders cry foul over no promotion to Premier League next season

Resources Capital lead the Hong Kong First Division table but the season is abandoned due to the pandemic outbreak, as the HKFA decides to freeze Premier League placings for next season with no promotion or relegation.

21 Apr 2020 - 10:30PM

Resources Capital lead the Hong Kong First Division table but the season is abandoned due to the pandemic outbreak, as the HKFA decides to freeze Premier League placings for next season with no promotion or relegation.

First Division leaders cry foul over no promotion to Premier League next season
Marathon runner Christy Yiu benefits as Olympic qualification resumes in December after Tokyo Games delay

Christy Yiu still needs another impressive result to ensure a second Olympic appearance after making her debut in the 2016 Rio Games.

20 Apr 2020 - 10:19PM

Christy Yiu still needs another impressive result to ensure a second Olympic appearance after making her debut in the 2016 Rio Games.

Marathon runner Christy Yiu benefits as Olympic qualification resumes in December after Tokyo Games delay
Leslie Santos’ Chelsea FC Soccer School Hong Kong struggling to survive amid Covid-19 pandemic as coaches face salary cuts
Coronavirus: only six out of 10 Hong Kong Premier League teams may be left to complete the season
Hong Kong table tennis coach welcomes proposed ‘Grand Smashes’ with players primed to earn big bucks

Chan Kong-wah says scrapping individual table tennis world championships is ‘inevitable’ with the players primed to benefit, but admits some concerns for developing nations.

15 Apr 2020 - 10:43PM

Chan Kong-wah says scrapping individual table tennis world championships is ‘inevitable’ with the players primed to benefit, but admits some concerns for developing nations.

Hong Kong table tennis coach welcomes proposed ‘Grand Smashes’ with players primed to earn big bucks
Guangzhou Evergrande sack Yu Hanchao for doctoring car licence plate

Reports said China winger, from Liaoning province, was trying to avoid restrictions for vehicles from outside city.

15 Apr 2020 - 10:42PM

Reports said China winger, from Liaoning province, was trying to avoid restrictions for vehicles from outside city.

Guangzhou Evergrande sack Yu Hanchao for doctoring car licence plate