Published: 11:40, September 26, 2023 | Updated: 11:46, September 26, 2023
CE: HK team’s performance at Asiad makes the city proud
By Shadow Li

Samuei Hui Tak-yan poses with his silver medal for the men's taijiquan & taijijian all-round at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou on Sept 25, 2023. (ALICE ZHU / CHINA DAILY)

Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu on Tuesday congratulated the Hong Kong team on their performance at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, vowing continuous support for the city’s athletes and sports development.

Speaking before the weekly Executive Council meeting, Lee said Hong Kong takes pride in the achievements of its athletes competing in Hangzhou.

By Tuesday, the Hong Kong team ranked the fourth equal on the medal tally, with a total of 14 medals – three gold, four silver and seven bronze.

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On Monday alone, the city clinched seven medals, including a historic gold medal by swimming icon Siobhan Haughey in women’s 200m freestyle and two silvers in wushu, one silver and one bronze in rowing, one silver in swimming, and one bronze in fencing.

Siobhan Bernadette Haughey poses with her gold medal after winning in the Women's 200m Freestyle Final at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province, on Sept 25, 2023. (ANDY CHONG / CHINA DAILY)

The city’s current budget for sports development is approximately HK$7.4 billion ($986 million), up by 42 percent compared with that of five years ago.

Many new sports facilities are expected to open in Hong Kong over the next few years. New facilities for the Hong Kong Sports Institute are under construction, with the goal of completion by mid-term next year. 

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Main facilities of the Kai Tak Sports Park are also expected to be finished by the end of next year, to host some events of the 2025 National Games when Hong Kong, Macao and Guangdong will cohost the National Games for the first time.