Government must do more to help talented young athletes in Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 July, 2016, 12:18am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 July, 2016, 8:23pm

Hong Kong is known as one of the world’s top international financial centres. Another of the chief pillars of the economy is the tourism industry.

However, while it is trying to develop and move forward it lacks diversity and some sections of society feel neglected.

The government prides itself on having a massive surplus. I would suggest it spends some of that on helping to nurture athletic talent. Not only will young athletes benefit, but so will the city.

Athletes have never been treated fairly by our government. It’s time to give them what they deserve.

People don’t understand how hard it is to survive in Hong Kong as an athlete.

They lack the necessary equipment, struggle to get even meagre monetary support for training and going abroad to participate in competitions. They often have to foot the bill themselves.

Despite these obstacles, in recent years we have seen some local athletes who have been performing surprisingly well on the international sports stage, in, for example, boxing, snooker, and squash.

They often achieve fantastic results despite getting almost no support. Just imagine how many more great results we would see if the government was willing to lend a helping hand.

Tourism would benefit. With more athletes winning in international tournaments Hong Kong’s reputation would be enhanced and we would receive more visitors.

Having a lot of successful athletes would also have a positive effect on Hong Kong’s overall health, as more citizens might be encouraged to take some exercise.

If they knew they had the backing of the government, more young athletes might be encouraged to train harder and do even better in competitions, as individuals and as members of teams representing Hong Kong.

Chloe Kwok, Yau Yat Chuen