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The Unchallenged (31 Jul 2008)

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Producer: Marie Hung; The world focus is on the Olympics which will be held soon in China. In fact, not so long ago, China hosted another worldwide Games that are recognized by the International Olympic Committee, namely, the Special Olympics. Last October, Shanghai held the 12th Special Olympics World Summer Games. It was also the first time for the Games to be held in Asia. As the host city, Shanghai carried out meticulous preparation. Shi Derong, President of Special Olympics Shanghai, recalls the bidding procedure. He says that after 20 years of developing Special Olympic sports, apart from increasing the number of the mentally disabled athletes, they also want to increase the awareness of the Special Olympic sports in the society. The Special Olympics came to a satisfaction. He concluded that the results are far better than expected. The community has begun to recognize the sports. Hong Kong also serves a special role in the Special Olympics. It is the final leg of the Torch Relay. When the Torch came to Hong Kong, it also ignited the heart of Hong Kong Special Olympics team. Fay Ho, Deputy Team Manager of Hong Kong Delegation for Special Olympics World Summer Games, stresses that the Hong Kong Special Olympics team should not be underestimated. The team has made world-class achievements in table tennis, athletic sports and swimming. Hong Kong has the world No.1 player in table tennis. The athletic athlete once won a silver medal in the 2000 Special Olympics. We also have a world record holder in swimming. It is proved that the Hong Kong athletes have unlimited potentials. The slogan for the Special Olympics is “ Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt ” . The Shanghai Special Olympics Games also let us understand its spirit and another side of Hong Kong ’ s sports development.

Program: 
Glamour of sports: Events capital
Publish Date: 
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Station: 
RTHK
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