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Sport and Recreation

Sport and Recreation

The Home Affairs Bureau formulates and coordinates policy and legislation for developing sport in Hong Kong. It also co-ordinates the strategic planning of sports and recreational facilities. Our principal objectives for recreation and sport are -

  • to raise the profile of sport and physical recreation in the community, emphasising the link between exercise, physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle;
  • to coordinate the provision of high quality sports and recreational facilities;
  • to encourage collaboration among different sectors of the community in fostering a strong sporting culture in the community;
  • to support and facilitate the implementation of initiatives which help make Hong Kong a major location for international sports events;
  • to promote sports exchanges with neighbouring provinces and cities on the Mainland; and
  • to raise the standard and the profile of Hong Kong sport internationally.

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Sports Commission

The Sports Commission (SC) was established on 1 January 2005 to advise the Government on:

  • the policies, strategies and implementation framework for sports development in Hong Kong; and
  • the provision of funding and resources in support of sports development in Hong Kong, taking into account the input from various stakeholders in sport through partnership and collaboration.

The SC is underpinned by three Committees, namely the Community Sports Committee (CSC), the Elite Sports Committee (ESC) and the Major Sports Events Committee (MSEC), to help develop and promote sport in the community, elite sport and major sports events in Hong Kong.

The CSC advises the Secretary for Home Affairs (SHA) through the SC on wider participation in sport through partnership with different sectors of the community, and on funding priorities for supporting community sports programme and initiatives.

The ESC advises SHA through the SC on matters pertaining to high performance sport, provides policy direction to the Hong Kong Sports Institute, and advises on funding priorities for supporting high performance sport and athletes.

The MSEC advises SHA through the SC on strategies and initiatives for hosting major sports events through partnership with sports associations, the tourism industry and the private sector, and on funding priorities for major sports events.

Leisure and Cultural Services Department

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) promotes sport in the community and administers funding support for relevant organisations under the established sports policy. LCSD develops and manages a wide range of sports and recreational facilities for use by the general public, including sports centres, swimming pool complexes, football pitches and tennis courts, which are enjoyed by the public as well as by National Sports Associations (NSAs) for training programmes and local and international sporting events. LCSD also supports and organises sports and recreational programmes for the community, often in conjunction with the NSAs.

Hong Kong Sports Institute Limited

The Hong Kong Sports Institute Limited (HKSIL) was set up on 1 October 2004 to provide elite athletes with a high quality training environment and support services with the aim of grooming athletes to achieve good results in international sporting events. The Hong Kong Sports Institute is the training base for more than 1 100 athletes who enjoy centralised support in terms of training facilities, strength and conditioning, sports science and medicine, and accommodation. To support the elite training programmes, the HKSIL receives funding from the Elite Athletes Development Fund, which was established with a one-off injection of $7 billion from the Government in January 2012. The HKSIL also derives income from other sources such as commercial sponsorship and private donations. The Elite Training Programme at the Institute is the focus of the elite sport training network in Hong Kong. In 2015-16, this programme will provide services to athletes in 17 "Tier A" sports (athletics, badminton, billiard sports, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, karatedo, rowing, rugby sevens, sailing, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis, tenpin bowling, windsurfing and wushu), and 13 "Tier B" sports (dance sports, dragon boat, equestrian, golf, judo, karting, lawn bowls, mountaineering, orienteering, roller sports, skating, taekwondo and triathlon) as well as to disabled athletes and individual athletes in other sports.

Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China

The Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC) is the national Olympic Committee for Hong Kong. It is also a member of the International Olympic Committee, the Olympic Council of Asia and the East Asian Games Association. The SF&OC is responsible for coordinating the development of local sports organisations and for leading the Hong Kong, China Delegation to participate in major international games. At present, there are altogether 75 member associations under the SF&OC. The Government provides a recurrent subvention to the SF&OC to meet its personnel, office and programme expenses and to assist the SF&OC in organising seminars and training courses for staff and officials of NSAs.

"National sports associations" (NSAs)

NSAs, as the local governing bodies of individual sports, are responsible for the promotion and development of their respective sports in Hong Kong. Affiliated to their respective international federations and as members of the SF&OC, NSAs represent Hong Kong in international events of the respective sports.

Achievements of Hong Kong athletes

Hong Kong athletes have attained outstanding achievements in international and regional sports events. In 2016, they won a total of 187 gold, 183 silver and 250 bronze medals.