Chef de goal Kenneth Fok Kai-kong urged Hong Kong people to equivocate looking during Olympic medals as a be all and finish all of sporting achievement, observant it is unfit to put a value on a unsubstantial advantages of a athletes during general events.
Addressing those who have criticised Hong Kong’s disaster to win a award during a Rio Games, Fok pronounced he was “satisfied” with their performances, even yet best wish Sarah Lee Wai-sze was incompetent to during slightest repeat her lane cycling bronze award from London 2012.
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“I’m privately really satisfied,” pronounced Fok. “Obviously, we came with high hopes and we know that Sarah had a ability since on a general theatre – she has won universe championships, so I’ll be fibbing to contend we are not disappointed.
“I still feel a crush [in my heart] since she fell [in a keirin race] yet that’s foe and altogether we wish we can see over a medals.
“Of course, medals are critical no doubt, yet we wish Hong Kong people and sports fans can see over that.
“A lot of these athletes achieved their personal bests – [fencer] Vivian Kong [Man-wai] went into a tip 16 [she finished 11th], that no Hong Kong contestant has finished before.
“The swimmers did good with PBs and winning heats. There are copiousness of examples like this.”
Hong Kong fielded 38 athletes during a 2016 Olympics. Lee was a categorical wish for a award and came into a Olympics in primary form. She seemed widespread in a women’s keirin yet while heading in a semi-finals she was nudged by Australian opposition Anna Meares and crashed out.
Hobbled by unpleasant scrapes on her knee and shoulder, Lee soldiered on yet was incompetent to go past a quarter-finals of a scurry event, losing 2-0 to Germany’s contingent bullion medallist Kristina Vogel.
Also entering a Games with award hopes were a men’s and women’s list tennis players, in a group events, and a churned doubles badminton span of Reginald Lee Chun-hui and Cathy Chau Hoi-wah.
The list tennis teams were knocked out in a quarter-finals, while Lee and Chau unsuccessful to emerge from their rough pool.
Fok, though, confirmed that these athletes are universe class, achieved to a best of their abilities and praised their formula in events outward of a Olympics.
“I’ve always wanted to contend this and it is really important,” he said. “Look during Sarah. She won a universe championship and indeed a universe championships have a same people, a same competitors and she kick them yet everybody usually has eyes on a Olympics.
“Let’s not demeanour during a Olympics as all or zero and also compensate courtesy and support to events such as a universe championships.
“We contingency teach a open about what is a universe championship, what is a Asian Games and Asian championships, let them be some-more involved.”
He pronounced Hong Kong sports fans had been generally understanding of a athletes and a city as a whole advantages from a certain energy.
“The media is indeed really positive,” pronounced Fok. “Sarah fell and didn’t get any medals yet so distant there is zero disastrous about her.
“She didn’t move a award behind to Hong Kong yet she did move behind certain appetite and highlighted a togetherness of Hong Kong people.
“Moving forward, we know resources are parsimonious yet sports achievement, and sports legacy, it takes years. You can’t only inject collateral now and subsequent year we get a medal.
“Sometimes it takes 8 to 12 years. Look during Great Britain after a London Games. There will always be critics and debates yet when we organize these events it’s not dollar-for-dollar, it’s not cost-benefit research where we contend we spend this most and this should be a result.
“What about a unsubstantial results, a feeling, a togetherness and a certain attitude. You can’t put a dollar value on that.
“You can do that by sports and enlightenment and these are a forms of soothing skills we need. It’s not a business devise or a business proposal.”
Article source: http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/2006057/look-beyond-just-medals-hong-kong-olympic-chief-kenneth-fok-defends