Hong Kong’s head windsurfing coach Chan King-yin believes the city could use both Victoria Harbour and Sai Kung as competition venues to host events at the National Games in 2025.
Chan, who has been at the helm since 2021, said that each venue has its own distinct advantages for the Games’ windsurfing events.
“The harbour will be better for the audience, they will be able to watch it from close by and get to know more about the sport,” he said.
“But, from a competition standpoint, Sai Kung could be better when we take the lowest wind speed into consideration.”
The two-time Asian Games gold medallist said using multiple venues for a windsurfing event is not “uncommon”.
“That being said, the difference is probably only a few miles, so it will be good if we can get the best of both,” he added. “The mobility will be better with two venues, and I think this is a better balance instead of picking only one spot.”
Chan insisted the plan could lead to a more tactical approach from organisers when deciding the location for the medal race.
“It is viable and has been implemented at the Olympics previously because there are usually five or six zones for the Olympics,” he said. “The organisers tend to move the medal race [on the last day] to the zone which is closest to the mass public.
“It is really about the viewing of the event for the citizens, so, in that sense, the iconic Victoria Harbour is a perfect choice [for the final day].”
On Wednesday, Yeung Tak-keung, head of the National Games Coordination Office under the Culture, Sports & Tourism Bureau, said the earliest the city could receive confirmation about hosting National Games events would be the end of 2023.
The 2025 Games, which Hong Kong will co-host with Guangdong and Macau, will mark the city’s third time hosting a multi-sport Games. Hong Kong previously hosted the equestrian events at the 2008 Beijing Games, as well as the penultimate East Asian Games a year later.
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