Lam in flag handover as RTHK finally gets it going

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor will attend the closing ceremony of the 14th National Games in Shaanxi on September 27, when representatives of Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong are handed the flag for the 2025 event.

RTHK will air the games starting today, with President Xi Jinping addressing the opening ceremony in the 60,000-seat Xi’an Olympics Sports Center at 8pm.

The two-week games feature some of the city’s elite athletes, including Olympic fencing gold medalist Edgar Cheung Ka-long.

Lam said the State Council has endorsed the two SARS and Guangdong jointly hosting the 2025 games.

She added: “I will start initial discussions with leaders of Macau and Guangdong on how we can collaborate.”

Lam said the government has bought broadcasting rights to the games from China Central Television, allowing RTHK and other TV stations to air the events until September 27.

She admitted there were hiccups in the latest broadcast arrangement as it failed to air the events ahead of the games’ opening ceremony.

These included the women’s sprint finals in track cycling on Monday, featuring the city’s top track cyclist Sarah Lee Wai-sze. “Upon learning Lee would be competing in the finals, people were wondering where they could watch the broadcast,” Lam said.

Lee took Hong Kong’s first gold in women’s sprint while track cyclist Leung Ka-yu won bronze in men’s omnium.

RTHK said it will air the games’ opening ceremony at 8pm today as well as the other events until September 27.

It will also broadcast the 11th National Games of China for the Disabled next month.

Meanwhile, Lee won bronze in women’s keirin yesterday. She finished first in the qualifiers and semi-finals, but could not overcome a slow start in the final.

She was fourth in the line behind the pace bike in the beginning.

When Lee left the track with three laps remaining, she tried to break from the group and take the lead, but it was in vain.

Lee eventually made it past Shanghai’s Zhong Tianshi before the finishing line, securing bronze for Hong Kong.

Speaking after the race, Lee said she was satisfied with her result.

“I made some blunders in the race. I didn’t expect to be overtaken by two opponents at the same time,” she said.

“I tried my best to plug the loophole, hoping I would advance to a better rank. But I am satisfied with winning a bronze.”

Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui Ying-wai said: “Despite being a veteran athlete, Lee Wai-sze still gives her all in every competition and demonstrates sophisticated techniques.

“Her charm and graciousness have won our hearts and made her a role model for Hong Kong athletes.”

In men’s keirin, Hong Kong rookie To Cheuk-hei finished sixth in the final.

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