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Meet your Olympic heroes on HK streets


Meet your Olympic heroes on HK streets
Gold medalist China's Zhang Changning poses for a selfie with fans after the women's Gold Medal volleyball match at Maracanazinho Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 20, 2016, at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Chinese Olympic medalists will start a three-day visit to Hong Kong on Saturday and put on sports demonstrations for their fans and young athletes. (AFP Photo/Juan Mabromata)
HONG KONG – Members of the general public may encounter some of China’s Olympic heroes on the streets of Hong Kong in the coming days.

Speaking on a radio program on Friday, Kenneth Fok Kai-kong, deputy secretary-general of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, said the Olympic medalists will be out in the town, engaging with people as part of an updated agenda.

Some 64 Olympic medalists, former medalists and their coaches will begin a three day courtesy visit to the SAR on Saturday.

Joining the Olympic gold winners will be Chinese woman backstroke bronze medalist Fu Yuanhui, whose exuberant post-match interview went viral online, and two time Olympic medalist, Lin Dan, who lost his bid for gold in badminton against longtime rival Lee Chong-wei in the 2016 games, but always remains a popular hero in Hong Kong.

The athletes will put on demonstrations of their respective sports, including volleyball, diving, badminton and table tennis as part of their Day Two itinerary. On the final day of their visit, they will meet with local junior athletes at the Hong Kong Sports Institute to share their experiences.

Fok, the grandson of the late billionaire Henry Fok Ying-tung who is married to former Chinese diving queen and four time gold titlist – Guo Jingjing, responded to the recent call by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s to overhaul the city’s sports policy.

Fok said the city should strive to host sports galas such as the Youth Olympics. He said that might be achieved if the Kai Tak Sports Park project can be finished by 2021.

He also urged that more resources be invested in athletics, assuring better education, and career arrangement post retirement, to encourage more young people to participate.

The Olympians are bound for Macao after their Hong Kong visit.

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