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Govt mulls broad review of HK sports dev policy

By Willa Wu

Govt mulls broad review of HK sports dev policy
Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor delivers a speech during a welcome banquet held in honor of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games mainland Olympians delegation at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai, Aug 27, 2016. (Photo/Courtesy of Ray Zhou)
HONG KONG – Hong Kong government intends to do a comprehensive review of its current policies on sports development, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said on Saturday.

Speaking before a welcome dinner to honor mainland Olympians who arrived in Hong Kong, Lam said the review, approved by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, would commence in the near future.

She added she hoped the initiative would receive support from the General Administration of Sport under the central government.

Lam noted that under the "One Country, Two Systems" principle, Hong Kong athletes could represent the SAR in Olympic Games and many other international games, which has contributed significantly to the city’s athletic development.

She described Hong Kong and the mainland as "one family" with the two supporting each other in matters of economy, culture, sports and the wellbeing of citizens.

She called for even greater efforts toward mutual cooperation in the future.

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to Chinese sovereignty. Lam noted that celebration preparations are under way, and she invited the mainland athletes to return and share in the festive spirit.

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