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Our Glorious Years (19 Jul 2007)

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Despite of its cosmopolitan image, Hong Kong has always been regarded as a sport desert. However, back in 1950s, athletes from Hong Kong were serious contenders in global sport arena. In the heydays of football in 1950s in Hong Kong, there were many outstanding football players, notably KO Po-keung. The South China vs Kowloon Motor Bus Co. final was still one of the most fabulous matches in local football development. The Hong Kong team also took part in the first Modica Cup and won the champion. Over the past few decades, new progress has been made in the city's sports circle. Among winners in the Asian Games, Olympiads and Commonwealth Games in the 1980s and 1990s were badminton player Amy CHAN and bowling player Catherine CHE. Indeed, in the late 1950s, before ping-pong was a national pastime in China, athletes from Hong Kong were frontrunners in this area. Home-grown world-class player TANG Hung-po teamed up with late RONG Guo-tuan and secured global championship. While life as an athlete is short, most sportspeople have to endure struggles and hardship during their rises and falls. This episode shows footages of achievements by athletes from Hong Kong. Although performances of local athletes are not impressive in general, it is not a hyperbole when LEE Lai-shan, the city's first Olympic gold medallist in Atlanta 1996, to proclaim that 'Athletes from Hong Kong are not rubbish.'

Program: 
Glamour of Sports
Publish Date: 
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Station: 
RTHK
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