The Hong Kong team’s boccia players and track runner set off for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics this morning. They are part of a 24-strong Hong Kong team who will fly to Japan ahead of the opening of the Paralympics tomorrow.
The Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled selected 24 athletes for the Tokyo Paralympics. They are among a larger delegation of 64 which also includes coaches, sports science and medical officials, delegation officials and National Paralympic Committee representatives.
The athletes will compete in eight sports, including archery, fencing, athletics, boccia and equestrian.
Runner Yam Kwok-fan is among those flying to Tokyo this morning. Yam and swimmer Hui Ka-chun will bear Hong Kong’s flag at the opening ceremony.
Yam said she is honored and excited to be the flag bearer for Hong Kong and said she hopes to break her personal best at the 100m and 200m events this year, making it into the finals. She ranked eighth in both events at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
Boccia player Leung Yuk-wing is also set to compete at his fifth Games as the city looks to add to its three golds and one silver in the sport at the Paralympics.
World number two boccia player Ho Yuen-kei is also a contender, despite falling short at the quarter-final stage at Rio in 2016.
Half of the athletes are set to debut at Tokyo 2020, including badminton player Daniel Chan Ho-yuen, who has defeated world number one South Korean Kim Jung Jun three times since 2019.
Hong Kong won two gold, two silver and two bronze medals at Rio 2016.
In total, Hong Kong has won 126 medals at 12 Paralympic Games, comprising 40 gold, 37 silver and 49 bronze medals.