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Thursday, August 25, 2016, 15:10

Proposed HK sports bureau draws keen support

By chinadailyasia.com
Proposed HK sports bureau draws keen support
Members of the Olympic delegation of Hong Kong, China parade into Maracana Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 5, 2016. (Xinhua Photo/Li Ming)

HONG KONG Educators and leading sports figures have thrown their support behind a proposed Sports Bureau to promote the development of Hong Kong athletics.

Lobo Louie Hung-tak, associate professor in the Physical Education Department of Hong Kong Baptist University, in setting out the plan, stressed that the bureau would need to study the economic potential of different sporting activities, and it would require detailed research.

"The SAR government must also review the sporting industry from different policy areas," he added.

Louie made the remarks on a local radio program in response to a statement Tuesday by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying that the SAR needs to learn how to develop as a sports center.

In awake of the Rio Olympic in Brazil, Leung said the SAR government will launch a comprehensive review of sports policy with a view to promoting sports in schools and identifying students with athletic potential.

Lam Tai-fai, chairman of the Legislative Council's education panel, noted that the government has already been making efforts promoting sports in the community, supporting elite sports, and developing Hong Kong into a prime destination for hosting major international sports events.

"The government should outline some detailed sports objectives, including achievement in international games, and focusing on the promotion of some specific sports," Lam continued.

Lam said he believes the educational system has become an impediment to the promotion of sports in primary and high schools, saying young students at the moment are under too much pressure in academic studies.

"Hong Kong sees a pressing need to review its educational system as well, if it plans to overhaul its sports policy," he said.

Macao created its own sports bureau in 1993 to promote wider public participation and take care of planning new facilities.

Macao however is not a member of the International Olympic Committee and therefore in unable to participate in some major international tournaments, including the Olympic Games.

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