Sport in Hong Kong
This former British territory now is considered as a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China considers sports as an important part of their culture. See also sport in China.
Mainly due to the British influence, Hong Kong has traditionally western sports like badminton, swimming, basketball, cycling and football. Hong Kong has various sporting bodies and establishments like YMCA and YWCA that supports the interest of the people with sports.
Hong Kong is also known to participate and even host some of the international sporting events like the Lunar New Year Cup, an international football tournament held in the Hong Kong Stadium.
Cricket has been played in Hong Kong since 1841 as part of the British Empire and has been a member of the International Cricket Council since 1969. In 2014, the Hong Kong Cricket Team qualified to the ICC World Twenty20 by defeating the host nation Bangladesh.
Hong Kong first became part of the Olympic Games in 1952 as part of the British entourage. Since then, Hong Kong has been sending athletes to the Olympic Games as either part of the British or China Olympic delegation except when they participated in boycotting the 1980's Olympic Games held in Moscow. They have also been participating in the Winter Games since 2002. Their very first Olympic medal was by Lee Lai Shan who won the gold in the women's sailboard (Sailing) in the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Hong Kong. Hong Kong participates in the Asian Games and the East Asian Games. Is there something missing? If you know of something that should be listed here, please let us know.
Popular sports of Hong Kong
- Football (Soccer), Dragon Boat Racing, Badminton, Horseracing, swimming, basketball, cycling
Hong Kong Sporting Success
- Lee Lai Shan won Olympic gold in the women's mistral individual event in sailing in Atlanta 1996.
- Hong Kong won silver in men's doubles event in table tennis at the Olympics in 2004.
- In 2014, the Hong Kong Cricket Team qualified to the ICC World Twenty20 by defeating the host nation Bangladesh.
Athletes from Hong Kong
- Andy Nägelein (football)
- Au Wai Lun (football)
- Lee Lai Shan (sailing)
Hong Kong Sports trivia
- Hong Kong first competed at the Olympic Games in 1952, and all since.
- Hong Kong participated its first Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, USA in 2002.
- The equestrian events of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics were held in Hong Kong.
- Hong Kong competed at the Commonwealth Games as a British colony or dependent territory at the first Games in 1934, then participated between 1954-1962 and 1970-1994.
- Their very first Olympic medal was by Lee Lai Shan who won the gold in the women's sailboard (Sailing) in the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Hong Kong at major events
- Hong Kong at the Summer Olympics
- Hong Kong at the Winter Olympics
- Hong Kong at the Commonwealth Games
- Hong Kong at the Cricket T20 World Cup
Past sporting events hosted in Hong Kong
- 2009 East Asian Games host
Upcoming sporting events in Hong Kong
Annual sporting events held in Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Rugby Sevens - one of the biggest rugby events on the international sporting calendar held each March.
- Hong Kong Marathon - Hong Kong’s largest outdoor sporting event.
- Lunar New Year Cup - an international football tournament held in the Hong Kong Stadium
Sporting Facilities in Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Stadium
- Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI)
- Hong Kong participates in the East Asian Games.