Olympians, other HK stars get set for National Games

Sport climbing athlete Au Chi-fung will be the flag bearer of the Hong Kong delegation in the upcoming opening ceremony of the 14th National Games in Shaanxi to be held from Wednesday to September 27.

The opening ceremony will be held at the Xi’an Olympic Sports Complex on Wednesday. The 26-year-old Au will be competing in two men’s combined events.

Some 169 Hong Kong athletes will be taking part in the games.

The delegation will also include 66 officials and medical practitioners.

The athletes, including some Tokyo Olympic medalists, will compete in 18 competitions.

But matches have already commenced. The SAR’s tennis team has finished all its matches, while the men’s badminton team competed in its last group match yesterday. The baseball team was defeated by the Sichuan team 9-1 yesterday.

Sarah Lee Wai-sze, who was the bronze medalist in the women’s track cycling sprint at the Tokyo Olympics, will be competing in the women’s team sprint alongside fellow athlete Yeung Cho-yiu.

Boxer Rex Tso Sing-yu will be facing Wang Xinyan from the China Coal Mine Sports Association in the men’s featherweight event.

This year, Hong Kong athletes grabbed a record number of medals at the Tokyo Olympics.

The fencing team, including Olympic gold medalist Edgar Cheung Ka-long, arrived in the mainland right after completing matches in the Tokyo Olympics.

But Grace Lau Mo-sheung, bronze karate medalist, said last month that she would not be participating in the National Games due to a thigh injury.

Hong Kong has participated in the National Games seven times since 1997, and the city’s athletes were awarded two gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals at the last games hosted in Tianjin in 2017.

The SAR will be co-hosting the 15th National Games alongside Macau and Guangdong in 2025.

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