“Olympic torch for H.K.,” ran a South China Morning Post headline on September 22, 1963. “Hongkong will be among 12 cities through which the Olympic Torch will pass on its way from Greece to Japan for the 1964 Olympics,” the story continued. It would be the first time the sporting event was held in Asia and excitement was building in Hong Kong, which would send a team of 39 to represent the colony in Japan. On April 23, 1964, the Post reported: “An impressive relay of the Olympic flame, from the moment of its arrival at Kai Tak airport on September 4, till its departure for Taipei and Tokyo the next day, has been arranged by the [Amateur Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hongkong].” On September 5, the paper announced: “An estimated 50,000 people turned out yesterday evening, despite the rain, to give the Olympic flame and its bearers a tumultuous welcome.” Upon its arrival at the airport, the torch was passed from officials to athletes as it made its way across the harbour “in a launch escorted by yachts of the Royal Hongkong Yacht Club” to City Hall, reported the Post . “Cheung Kin-man, three-time Colony Olympic representative, trotted into the Concert Hall, carrying the torch,” which he handed to governor David Trench, who used it to ignite a specially prepared urn. Addressing the crowd, Trench urged those present to concentrate on “those matters that should tend to unite rather than divide us”, such as the Olympics. The torch left the colony on September 6, more than 30 hours behind schedule “after being forced to remain in the Colony by Typhoon Ruby, and then delayed at Kai Tak by failure of two planes that should have carried it”, reported the Post on September 7. The urn that held the flame was put up for auction on September 9 to raise money for victims of the typhoon. On September 25, the Post reported the winning bid had been made by H.N. Harilela, who paid HK$5,000.