Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (1st row, 3rd left) and Timothy Fok Tsun-ting (1st row, 3rd right), president of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, pose with members of the Hong Kong, China delegation heading to the Tokyo Olympics during a flag presentation ceremony in Hong Kong on July 8, 2021. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
HONG KONG – Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, chief executive of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region said Thursday that she expects the athletes from the region to achieve good results in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games as the delegation is set to launch 46 athletes to participate in 38 events.
The Tokyo Olympic Games, pushed back by 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is slated to open on July 23, and Lam said she was looking forward to the sporting gala.
The Tokyo Olympic Games, pushed back by 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is slated to open on July 23, and Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor Lam said she was looking forward to the sporting gala
"Many sports events were forced to be delayed or even canceled due to the pandemic, it is a delight to see that Tokyo Olympic Games is finally forthcoming. In the past days, the HKSAR government has been keeping in touch with all the sports organs to open the training grounds for the athletes," she said.
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"Through the joint efforts from all parties, now we have 46 athletes to participate in 38 events in Tokyo, a splendid chapter in our history. We are expecting the athletes from Hong Kong, China to compete with their counterparts from all the world," she added.
Lam disclosed the prize for medals would rise substantially, as the individual gold medal prize will increase from HK$3 million to HK$5 million while the prize for team gold will improve to HK$10 million.
The HKSAR government has purchased the broadcast rights of the Tokyo Olympics and is supported by five licensed broadcasters.
According to the protocols, all five TV broadcasters should provide at least 900-hour programs of the Tokyo Olympics on free channels and 2,000 hours on premium channels.
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (center) speaks with members of the Hong Kong, China delegation heading to the Tokyo Olympics during a flag presentation ceremony in Hong Kong on July 8, 2021. (PHOTO / XINHUA)