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CE mourns Tong Wai-ki

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today expressed deep sorrow over the passing of Hong Kong Taoist Association Chairman Tong Wai-ki.   She said Mr Tong was held in high regard, adding that he had been committed to promoting the Taoist religion and Chinese culture and actively participated in social services and charitable activities, making significant contributions over the years.   He was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2013.   "I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr Tong. On behalf of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to his family and the Taoist community," Mrs Lam noted.   Acting Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Nip also expressed deep condolences over the passing of Mr Tong.   He commended Mr Tong for dedicating his life in promoting the Taoist religion and uniting the Taoist community while actively participating in charitable services and talent nurturing. http://dlvr.it/SHNxxJ

HK Games athlete selection set

Athlete selection in 18 districts for the 8th Hong Kong Games will begin from October, the Leisure & Cultural Services Department said today.   The inter-district sports competitions of the games, scheduled for April 24 to May 29 next year, will cover athletics, badminton, basketball, futsal, swimming, table tennis, tennis and volleyball.   There will be champion, first runner-up and second runner-up prizes awarded to athletes or teams in each individual competition as well as overall champion, first runner-up, second runner-up and the District with Impressive Progress prizes for winning districts in each sports competition.   The districts accumulating the highest total scores from the eight sports competitions will be awarded the overall champion, overall first runner-up and overall second runner-up prizes of the event.   There are also prizes including the District with the Most Gold Medals, the District with the Greatest Participation, the District with the Best Progress, the District with the Best Sportsmanship and the District with the Strongest Cheering Squad.   For community participation programmes, the Star-studded Classroom - Elite Athletes' Demonstration & Exchange Programmes will be held from late September to mid-October, in which athletes and coaches will take part in demonstration and play-in sessions.   In the Sports Legacy - Exercise to Get Super Fit programme, participants can identify their potential in sports through fitness tests.   The popular Vitality Run will return in March next year.   The 18 Districts' Pledging & Cheering Team Competition and a photo contest will also be held to encourage people to keep active.   Click here for details.
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