Press Release

August 14, 2012

LONDON OLYMPICS ENDS IN JOYOUS PARTY

LONDON OLYMPICS ENDS IN JOYOUS PARTY

LONDON, August 14: Hong Kong should channel its resources into sports that “suits us” said top official Pang Chung as the two-week 2012 Olympics extravaganza ended in a joyous party.

Pang, the Hon. Secretary General of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China called for the city to use its resources better if it was to challenge for medals at future Olympic Games.

“We have to think about the physique of our population and concentrate on events that suits us best,” said Pang. “We should direct greater resources towards those events to improve our chances of winning medals."

Hong Kong returns from London with one bronze medal, won by track cyclist Sarah Lee Wai-sze in the Women’s Keirin race, although in a number of other sports, athletes went close, most notably in the Men’s Team event in Table Tennis where Germany narrowly edged past to win a bronze medal.

“We did better than four years ago in Beijing. We also saw some good results in Table tennis, Badminton and Windsurfing,” Pang said. “But Hong Kong is a small city and we need to make better use of our resources if we want to challenge the best in the world.”

Hong Kong failed to win a medal at the Beijing Olympics, but Lee’s effort allowed Hong Kong to finish in joint-79th place in the medal standing, a noteworthy effort considering that 204 countries and territories took part in London.

Tang Peng, the outstanding player in the Men’s Table Tennis Team, proudly carried the Bauhinia flag into the Olympic Stadium at the closing ceremony which was a raucous and exuberant celebration of British culture.

In his closing address, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, described the London Olympics as “a happy and glorious Games” and “absolutely fabulous”.

His praise topped off a day of back-slapping that reverberated around the nation. British Prime Minister David Cameron had earlier said: “We showed the world what we are made of”.

Hong Kong’s athletes and officials would have agreed as they enjoyed a closing ceremony which saw the best of British pop, including the Spice Girls who came together specially for this show, draw the curtain on one of the most memorable Olympic Games.