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HKSI Hosts Open Day and International Exchange Forum

20 December 2015
Mrs Carrie Lam GBS JP, Chief Secretary for Administration of the HKSAR Government, officiated the opening ceremony for the HKSI Open Day and International Exchange Forum on Preparing Athletes for the 2016 Rio Olympics, sponsored by Mr Ming Wai Lau, and dotted the eyes of the lions with Mr Carlson Tong Ka-shing SBS JP, Chairman of the HKSI. Read More
Mrs Carrie Lam GBS JP, Chief Secretary for Administration of the HKSAR Government, (8th left), Ms Lee Lai-shan BBS, 1996 Olympic Games gold medallist and former Hong Kong windsurfer (9th left), Mr Tony Yue Kwok-leung MH JP, Chairman of the Elite Sports Committee (9th right), Mr Carlson Tong Ka-shing SBS JP, Chairman of the HKSI (7th left), Dr Trisha Leahy BBS, Chief Executive of the HKSI (8th right), Mrs Jenny Fung BBS JP, HKSI Board of Director (6th left) joined the group photo with the meeting delegations of the International Exchange Forum, including (1st to 5th left) Professor Chan Kai-ming, Chair Professor of Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Yu Yaming, President of Sichuan Orthopaedic Hospital, Mr Zhen Guoxiang, President of Nanjing Sports Institute, Professor Li Guoping, Vice President of FIMS Executive Committee of International Federation of Sports Medicine and President of Asian Federation of Sports Medicine, Mr Zhang Liang, President of China Institute of Sport Science, (1st to 7th right) Mr Atsushi Abe, Deputy Division Manager of Department of Sport Innovation of Japan Sport Council, Mr Shen Jinkang BBS MH, Head Cycling Coach of the HKSI, Dr Yung Shu-hang Patrick, Council Member of FIMS Executive Committee of International Federation of Sports Medicine and President Elect of Asian Federation of Sports Medicine, Mr Yusaku Morioka, Councillor to the President of Japan Sport Council, Dr Park Young-ok, President of Korea Institute of Sport Science, Mr Tatchanart Tongprako, Director of Elite Sports Development Division of Sports Authority of Thailand and Dr Sun Xiaohua, Director of Ersha Sports Training Centre in Guangdong Province. Read More
Mrs Carrie Lam GBS JP, Chief Secretary for Administration of the HKSAR Government visited the Athlete Hostel and chatted with elite swimmers Au Hoi-shun (1st left) and Sze Hang-yu (2nd left). Read More
Mrs Carrie Lam GBS JP, Chief Secretary for Administration of the HKSAR Government was greeted by Boccia athletes Kwok Hoi-ying (2nd left) and Ho Yuen-kei (1st left) at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Sports Building. Read More
Former windsurfer Ms Lee Lai-shan BBS, autographed on her windsurfing sailboard from her 1996 Olympic medal winning campaign. Read More
Mrs Carrie Lam GBS JP, Chief Secretary for Administration of the HKSAR Government (middle), Mr Tony Yue MH JP, Chairman of the Elite Sports Committee (1st left), Mr Carlson Tong Ka-shing SBS JP, Chairman of the HKSI (2nd right), Dr Trisha Leahy BBS, Chief Executive of the HKSI (2nd left) and Ms Lee Lai-shan BBS, 1996 Olympic Games gold medallist and former Hong Kong windsurfer (1st right) appreciated the international sporting achievement of Hong Kong athletes at the exhibition. Read More
Participants of the HKSI Open Day can enjoy the skill demonstrations, clinics and try-out sessions of various elite sports such as table tennis, karatedo and tennis. Read More
Participants of the HKSI Open Day can enjoy the skill demonstrations, clinics and try-out sessions of various elite sports such as table tennis, karatedo and tennis. Read More
Participants of the HKSI Open Day can enjoy the skill demonstrations, clinics and try-out sessions of various elite sports such as table tennis, karatedo and tennis. Read More
Hong Kong elite squash athlete Annie Au Wing-chi shared her athletic experience with the public in the “Meet with Athletes and Coaches” session at the HKSI Open Day. Read More

The Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) today hosted the Open Day and the International Exchange Forum on Preparing Athletes for the 2016 Rio Olympics, sponsored by Mr Ming Wai Lau, on the second day of a two-day celebration marking the completion of the HK$1.8 billion Government-funded HKSI Redevelopment Project.

The opening ceremony for today’s activities was officiated by Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor GBS JP, Chief Secretary for Administration of the HKSAR Government, in the presence of dozens of experts on elite training and scientific support from around the region and hundreds more sports supporters from the local community.

The Open Day has been included as part of the "Appreciate Hong Kong" campaign that aims to showcase the strengths and beauty of Hong Kong and was themed “Appreciate Hong Kong, Appreciate Elite Athletes”.  It offered the public an opportunity to visit Hong Kong's high performance training centre and better understand the dedication and commitment of Hong Kong’s elite sports stars through a series of exhibitions, demonstrations and talks.

The public was invited to join organised tours of the state-of-the-art training facilities at the HKSI and to try their hand in various sports.

Hong Kong’s senior and junior elite athletes and coaches from badminton, karatedo, rowing, rugby, squash, table tennis, tennis, tenpin bowling and wushu attended today’s activity, greeting and interacting with the visitors to rally community-wide support for sport and wellness in Hong Kong.

To help build affinity with elite athletes as they pursue their dream of representing Hong Kong on the world’s biggest sporting stage, the HKSI Open Day’s programmes and activities included sports demonstrations of various sports, as well as rugby clinics, sports and health talks, and fitness tests.

Through these experiential activities, participants could develop a better understanding and appreciation of the efforts and commitment of Hong Kong athletes.  The experience was heightened by a special exhibition of memorabilia from some of Hong Kong’s highest international sporting achievements including displays of Lee Lai-shan’s windsurfing sailboard from her 1996 Olympic medal winning campaign, Wong Kam-po’s bicycle, gold medals won by Hong Kong athletes in Major Games and World Championships, a cauldron and a torch from the East Asian Games, sports gears and equipment used by athletes, and other commemorative items.

Today’s Open Day was the ultimate showcase of the past successes of Hong Kong athletes, while inspiring a new generation of sportsmen and women to redouble their efforts to pursue a full time career as an elite athlete and bring home more honours for Hong Kong.

Mr Carlson Tong, Chairman of the HKSI said, “I believe that as long as we can provide the best training and support to athletes with potential, they can be inspired to reach new heights, just as our new tagline – to “inspire, train, excel”.

The HKSI also hosted an International Exchange Forum on Preparing Athletes for the 2016 Rio Olympics, sponsored by Mr Ming Wai Lau, today in Fo Tan.  The Forum invited various counterpart leaders and experts to share their views on elite training and sports science, including Mr Zhang Liang, President of the China Institute of Sport Science; Mr Yusaku Morioka, Councillor to the President of the Japan Sport Council; Dr Park Young-ok, President of the Korea Institute of Sport Science; and Mr Tatchanart Tongprakob, Director of the Elite Sports Development Division of the Sports Authority of Thailand; Professor Yu Yaming, President of the Sichuan Orthopaedic Hospital; and Dr Sun Xiaohua, Director of the Ersha Sports Training Centre in Guangdong Province.

“I am glad to see so many sports science experts from around the world here at the international exchange forum.  Next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games are approaching, the HKSI will try our very best to provide comprehensive and world class training support to Hong Kong’s elite athletes.” added Mr Tong.

During the Forum, they shared knowledge, expertise and insights into the preparation of athletes for the Games next August with over 170 attending sports administrators, science and medicine practitioners, coaches, athletes, academics, students and the public.

As Hong Kong's state-of-the-art high performance training centre, the HKSI was well represented in the Forum, with its team of elite training experts discussing their progress in helping local elite athletes in optimising their performance.

In order to enhance the information exchange between sports experts and athletes, the HKSI also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ersha Sports Training Centre on the day. This organisational collaboration will help improve the coaching and performance excellence for both Hong Kong and China.

For video highlights of the activities, please visit the Video Gallery (Welcoming Ceremony for International Forum & Public Open Day / Public Open Day).

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