Hong Kong Games postponed by a year to March 2022

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HONG KONG, Oct 7, 2020, RTHK. The Hong Kong Games has been postponed by a year to March 2022, after time ran out for organisers to select participating athletes, RTHK reported.

The inter-district competition – covering a variety of sports from tennis and volleyball, to athletics, futsal and swimming – have been held once every two years since 2007.

They pit the best amateur athletes from all 18 districts against one another to encourage more public participation in sports.

The eighth edition of the competition was scheduled to start in April 2021, but organisers have been unable to even start the lengthy selection process, because most sports venues have been closed for months as an anti-Covid-19 measure.

To give the athletes enough time to train, and for the needed competitions and community participation programmes to be held, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department now says the selection process will now start in April next year, and the goal is to hold inter-district competitions in March and April 2022.

It says spectators would only be allowed if circumstances permit.

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