Bidding for Asian Games beneficial to HK youth: official

22:05, April 13, 2010      

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The president of Hong Kong Olympic Committee Timothy Fok said Tuesday that he would keep striving for the approval of the government and society to the 2019 Asian Games bid, emphasizing on the benefit to be brought to HK's next generation.

"The deadline of launching a bid for the 2019 or 2023 Asian Games has been postponed from the end of March to the end of June, so we have another three months to persuade our government, legislators and citizens," said Fok here at the handover ceremony of the East Asian Games (EAG) Association Secretariat.

The 5th EAG was the first ever international multi-sport event held in Hong Kong. As the host, Hong Kong spent 1 billion HK dollars (0.13 billion U.S. dollars) in the venues, only two of which were newly built.

Fok noted that the dated sports facilities are now incongruous with the city's fame, compared with the other developed infrastructures.

"Our sports facilities have to be promoted no matter if we bid for the Asian Games or not," he said. "Should we decide to bid, the venues to be constructed or improved will be a legacy for our residents, especially for the younger generation."

Vice president of the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) Yu Zaiqing agreed with his colleague in the International Olympic Committee on the point of venue promotion and expressed his own confidence in Hong Kong to be a good host of Asian Games.

He additionally promised that COC would give all its support to Hong Kong if a bid is finally launched, and offer all kinds of help that Hong Kong need during the bidding procedure.

According to the local media, cities from Chinese Taipei, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Sri Lanka have showed interests in bidding for the 2019 or 2023 Asian Games.

Source: Xinhua


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