The world's second largest multi-sports event, the Asian Games, will start on Friday, September 19, in Incheon, South Korea. The 16-day extravaganza will bring together nearly 10,000 athletes in the biggest sporting event next to the Olympics. A total of 439 gold medals will be up for grabs in 36 sports, including all 28 at the Summer Olympics, with China overwhelming favourites to again dominate the Asiad.
Tennis’ Philip Mok and athletics’ David Mong will vie for the Olympic Committee top post along with three incumbents in Thursday’s Annual General Meeting.
The 34-year-old, a four-time Asian Games medallist and two-time Olympian, is forced to give up on trying to qualify for Tokyo after battling a recurring injury.
Being part of the Asian Games is "humbling" for Hong Kong, but Jamie Hood's men showed a touch of arrogance as they brushed aside Pakistan and the Philippines to put down a marker in the rugby sevens competition.
Hong Kong's 472-strong squad of athletes won just six gold medals at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, but that is no indication of underperformance or a lack of sporting talent, as might be expected.
North and South Korea agreed to resume reconciliation talks after the North sent its most senior delegation ever to its estranged neighbour at just 24 hours' notice.
The Asian Games ended in Incheon, South Korea, with China just managing to pass 150 gold medals.
The ghosts of the past came back to haunt Hong Kong's men's sevens team on Thursday as they settled for a silver medal for the second successive Games, once again undone by Japan. And there were tears for Hong Kong's women who lost to Kazakhstan in the bronze medal match.
Two tries from winger Aggie Poon Pak-yan in a winning cause against powerful Kazakhstan has put Hong Kong within touching distance of the gold medal in the Asian Games women’s rugby sevens competition.
Like the finest sword that is forged in the hottest fire, Hong Kong are honed and ready as they prepare for the final thrust to win Asian Games gold in the men’s rugby sevens competition on Thursday.
It was a grudge match and Hong Kong proved a point in style by beating Thailand 33-14 in the women’s pool competition to remain undefeated and on course for a place in the semi-finals.