A girl takes pictures with mascots of the 19th Asian Games. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
Hong Kong badminton team players said on Tuesday they aim to win medals at the upcoming Hangzhou Asian Games, after a breakthrough silver medal in the mixed doubles event at the Hong Kong Open tournament encouraged them to scale new heights on a broader stage.
Ten male and 10 female badminton players will represent the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region against players from other Asian regions with events running from Sept 28 through Oct 7.
Hong Kong will send its largest-ever delegation to the continental sports meeting to be held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province from Sept 23 through Oct 8. Over 600 Hong Kong athletes will compete in 41 disciplines
Speaking at a media session on Tuesday, badminton player Angus Ng Ka-long said the Hong Kong, China team had won laurels at previous Asian Games and is aiming to pocket medals this time.
Ng returned to Hong Kong recently for the Hong Kong Open, which ended on Sunday, after taking part in overseas competitions. He thanked his coach for adjusting his training plan to boost his recovery.
Tse Ying-suet, who won a silver medal in the mixed doubles with her partner Tang Chun-man at the Hong Kong Open, said the open tournament was a valuable chance for players to work on deficiencies in their skills through competitions with other athletes.
Tse said she hopes that she can improve in the coming few days and help the Hong Kong, China team do well at the Asian Games.
He Yiming, head coach of the Hong Kong badminton team, said that competitions always raise the pressure on players. Such pressure also toughens players and speeds up their growth, he added.
The coach praised Hong Kong badminton players for doing well at the Hong Kong Open, saying he hopes they can achieve more “breakthroughs” at the Asian Games.
Hong Kong will send its largest-ever delegation to the continental sports meeting to be held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province from Sept 23 through Oct 8. Over 600 Hong Kong athletes will compete in 41 disciplines.
During his regular news conference before the Executive Council meeting on Tuesday, Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu said he believe the Hong Kong athletes will give full play to their strengths at the Hangzhou Asian Games and win glory for the city.
As the most prominent multisport competition in Asia, the quadrennial Asian Games have been hosted in China twice – in Beijing in 1990 and in Guangzhou in 2010.
The Hangzhou Asian Games will be the largest and highest level international multisport event to be hosted by the nation since the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in October 2022.
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