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9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held

2024-04-21 20:40 Last Updated At:20:48

Exciting kickoff: 9th hong kong games launches with spectacular opening ceremony

The 9th Hong Kong Games (HKG) Opening Ceremony was held at the Hong Kong Coliseum this afternoon (April 21). The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Chan Kwok-ki, officiated at the ceremony and, together with athletes from the 18 districts and members of the public, witnessed the official opening of the 9th HKG.

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9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

Exciting kickoff: 9th hong kong games launches with spectacular opening ceremony

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

Addressing the ceremony, the Acting Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, Mr Raistlin Lau, said the Sports Commission holds the HKG every two years, offering an opportunity for athletes to showcase their talent and compete. Mr Lau called on members of the public to come to watch the matches and cheer for the athletes at the competitions, as well as joining the community participation programmes to echo the HKG's slogan "Our City, Our Games".

After Mr Chan made an announcement of the official opening of the 9th HKG, an athlete representative from Yuen Long District, the overall champion of the 7th HKG, took an oath on behalf of all participating athletes of the 9th HKG.

Mainland Olympic gold medallists Wang Yilyu (badminton) and Ding Ning (table tennis) and Hong Kong medallists Samuel Hui and Minnie Soo held the torch to enter the venue and lit the cauldron of the Games.

The ceremony's programme featured a variety of performances, including performances by winning teams of the 18 districts' cheering team competition in the pre-show to demonstrate the uniqueness and vitality of their districts. There were also lion dances; demonstrations of breaking, skateboarding, wushu and Latin dance; variety shows by elite athletes, and performances by pop singers. Highlights of the ceremony will be broadcast on TVB Jade between 10.30pm and 11.30pm tonight.

Also officiating at today's ceremony were Members of the Legislative Council Mr Ma Fung-kwok and Mr Vincent Cheng; the President of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC), Mr Timothy Fok; the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Vincent Liu; the Commissioner for Sports, Mr Sam Wong; the Chairman of the 9th HKG Organising Committee, Professor Patrick Yung; and Executive Advisers of the Organising Committee Mr William Tong and Mr David Yip.

The inter-district sports competitions of the 9th HKG are being held from today to June 9. The competitions cover eight sports, namely athletics, badminton, 3-on-3 basketball, futsal, swimming, table tennis, tennis and volleyball. The four events of the sports competitions for people with disabilities include wheelchair 3-on-3 basketball, boccia, and swimming and table tennis for people with intellectual disabilities. And the four Urban Sports Demonstration Competitions include women's futsal, breaking, skateboarding and sport climbing.

In order to boost the lively atmosphere of the Games, not only finals of all sports competitions will be webcast live, but also seven of the final competitions will be broadcast live on Radio Television Hong Kong TV 32, namely women's futsal & futsal (May 25), table tennis & table tennis for persons with intellectual disabilities (May 26), badminton (June 1 and 2), 3-on-3 basketball and wheelchair 3-on-3 basketball (June 2), allowing more people to enjoy these exciting events.

Members of the public can also take part in community participation programmes, such as the Dynamic Moments Photo Contest and voting and guessing activities. Details of these programmes and the competition schedule are available on the HKG designated website www.hongkonggames.hk.

The 9th HKG is organised by the Sports Commission and co-ordinated by its Community Sports Committee, with the Home Affairs Department, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the SF&OC, and the relevant National Sports Associations of the sports competitions as co-organisers. The Hong Kong Jockey Club is the major sponsor of the event.

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

9th Hong Kong Games Opening Ceremony held Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

Exploring opportunities: fs joins economic cooperation conference in paris, featuring the guangdong-hong kong-macao greater bay area and europe (france) (exclusive photos and video)

Financial secretary, mr paul chan promotes business opportunities in guangdong-hong kong-macao greater bay area to european leaders at paris conference

The Financial Secretary, Mr Paul Chan, attended the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Europe (France) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference in Paris this afternoon (May 24, Paris time).

The Conference was jointly hosted by the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Government, and the Macao SAR Government. The Governor of Guangdong Province, Mr Wang Weizhong; Mr Chan; and the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Macao SAR, Ms Ao Ieong U, gave keynote presentations to over 400 French and European leaders of the commercial and industrial sectors attending the event, to promote the enormous business opportunities brought by the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) for European businesses. The Chinese Ambassador to France, Mr Lu Shaye, and the Vice-President of the Society for the Encouragement of National Industry, Mr Gilles Henry Garault, also delivered speeches.

Mr Chan highlighted at the Conference Hong Kong's unique advantages of having convenient access to the Mainland market under "one country”, and the practice of common law; the free flow of capital, goods, people and information; the maintenance of a simple and low tax regime and the linked exchange rate; and commercial rules that align with the best international standards, etc. under “two systems”. Hong Kong is an ideal entry point for French enterprises to develop the GBA market, and an optimal springboard and platform for further developing businesses on the Mainland and in Asia.

Mr Chan said that Hong Kong, as an international financial centre, possesses a highly internationalised financial market, and has been deepening and expanding mutual market access with the Mainland's financial market. With a vibrant ecosystem of venture capital and private equity funds, Hong Kong is able to support the funding needs of French enterprises at different development stages. Apart from access to both Mainland and international capital, French enterprises can also utilise Hong Kong’s vast Renminbi (RMB) liquidity pool to raise RMB funding to support their business expansion in the Mainland. They can also leverage the offshore RMB products and risk management tools available in Hong Kong to manage the RMB funds acquired through trading activities.

Mr Chan also introduced the development of Hong Kong as an international innovation and technology centre, including Hong Kong's advantages in basic research and collaboration with the sister cities in the GBA, in particular the progress of the Hetao Shenzhen-Hong Kong Science and Technology Innovation Co-operation Zone. Furthermore, he highlighted Hong Kong’s efforts in the development as an international green tech and green finance centre, facilitation in efficient matching for international green capital and green projects in the region, and active participation in formulating international green standards, certification and nurturing relevant talent.

Hong Kong and France have long had deep exchanges in commerce and trade, culture and people. Hong Kong welcomes French enterprises to initiate businesses, set up research and development centres and regional headquarters. He also opined that the internationalised, safe and dynamic living environment of Hong Kong is highly attractive to French and European talent.

At the Conference, Mr Wang, Mr Chan and Ms Ao Ieong witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by Invest Hong Kong and three French enterprises, namely Prophesee, SUEZ and Egis. Invest Hong Kong will provide support to the enterprises on stepping up investments and starting operations in Hong Kong.

FS attends Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Europe (France) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference in Paris  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

FS attends Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Europe (France) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference in Paris Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

FS attends Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Europe (France) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference in Paris  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

FS attends Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Europe (France) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference in Paris Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

FS attends Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Europe (France) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference in Paris  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

FS attends Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Europe (France) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference in Paris Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

FS attends Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Europe (France) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference in Paris  Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

FS attends Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and Europe (France) Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference in Paris Source: HKSAR Government Press Releases

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