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Chinese Olympic heroes to visit HK


Chinese Olympic heroes to visit HK
Gold medallists China pose on the podium with a flag after the women's Gold Medal volleyball match at Maracanazinho Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Aug 20, 2016, at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. ( Juan Mabromata / AFP)

HONG KONG - The Chinese Olympic Committee has released the roster of Chinese Olympic medalists at the 2016 Rio Olympics who will visit Hong Kong from Aug 27 to 29.

The 42 gold medalists include table tennis stars  Zhang Jike and Ma Long, rising badminton star Chen Long, swimmer Sun Yang, as well as the first Chinese gold medal winner at the Rio Olympics Zhang Mengxue aka the “Cold Face”. The Chinese women’s volleyball team will join the tour, along with legendary coach Lang Ping, the “Iron Hammer”.

Four other star coaches of gold medalists, including Yu Jie from the weightlifting team and table tennis coach Liu Guoliang, are on the list. Many have expressed surprise that Li Yongbo, head coach of the badminton team, will not join the tour. .

The list is comprised mostly of gold medalists, but some popular crowd pleasers have been added, like internet darling Fu Yuanhui, who won a bronze medal in the 100-meter backstroke, and two time Olympic badminton champion Lin Dan.

The champion athletes will showcase their athletic skills in badminton, table tennis and diving on day two of their visit. On the same day, fans will have an opportunity to meet the athletes at a variety show. The delegation will visit the Hong Kong Sports Institute on Aug 29 to share their experience of success in sport with local junior athletes.

All 5,700 tickets for the two events sold out within hours on Monday.

The athletes and coaches will continue their tour to Macao after leaving Hong Kong.

This will be the fourth time for Chinese gold medal winners to visit the city since the Athens Olympic Games in 2004.

China came third in the medal rankings this year, winning 26 gold medals, behind Great Britain and the United States. Team Hong Kong failed to win a medal at the Games.

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