Beijing, 26 January 2022 (TDI): Hong Kong announced its Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics delegation with Sports Federation and Olympic Committee (SF&OC).
The delegation for Winter Games is comprised of 13 people, led by three athletes who will participate in alpine skiing and short-track speed-skating during 4-20 February 2022.
The three Olympic debutants (Sidney Chu with 500m short-track speed skate, Audrey King a women’s slalom, and Adrian Yung Hau-Tsuen a men’s slalom and giant slalom) will be led by two head coaches, Sun Dandan and Marko Rudic.
Both of whom are former coaches of previous Olympics for China and Bosnia. The delegation also includes three national Olympic Committee representatives including Fok, three headquarters officials, and two medical staff.
The Covid 19 travel precautions are in serious consideration and it was confirmed by Chef de Mission, Karl Kwok Chi that one delegate had already arrived in Beijing, while he will get there a day before the opening ceremony.
The 22-year-old Chu will leave from Hong Kong International Airport on Thursday, while skiing pair King, 19, and Yung, 17, will travel directly to Beijing from their training camp in Bosnia alongside Coach Rudic on January 30.
Youth Olympian King is the main hope for Hong Kong, who will compete in the women’s slalom at the Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre on February 9. Yung, a former junior British Alpine champion, will compete in the men’s giant slalom on February 13 and men’s slalom on February 16.
Speed skater Chu will compete in the men’s 500m qualifiers at the Capital Indoor Stadium on February 11. Since its first appearance at Salt Lake City in 2002, Hong Kong has sent at least one athlete to six consecutive Winter Games now.
The President of the Hong Kong Football Association, Timothy Fok Tsun-ting expressed his hope for the team’s success. The Executive Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia; Dr. Karl Kwok Chi-Leung acknowledged that although winning a medal is the main goal, reaching the Winter Games is still an accomplishment & pride for the youth and needs support from their local fans.
It should be remembered that the Beijing Games’ will host 109 events in seven sports and 15 disciplines in Beijing, Yanqing as well as Zhangjiakou.