Children in Hong Kong show their support for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch relay. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Children in Hong Kong show their support for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch relay. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Carrie Lam’s Tokyo Olympics TV deal: a bid to reignite Hong Kong’s patriotic fervour like in Beijing 2008?

  • As the Hong Kong government snaps up the broadcast rights to the Tokyo Games, observers wonder if what it really seeks is a national pride pick-me-up from a bygone time when most Hongkongers identified as Chinese
  • But in the years since Hongkongers turned out to cheer the Chinese heroes of Beijing 2008, protests, arrests and a national security law may have taken the shine off the soft power value of gold medals

Knowledge |   Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Children in Hong Kong show their support for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch relay. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Children in Hong Kong show their support for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Torch relay. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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