Hong Kong Ready to Host Equestrian Paralympic Events

A senior official of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government has stated that Hong Kong's preparatory work for the equestrian events of the 2008 Paralympic Games equestrian events is now complete.

"After the successful conclusion of the Beijing Olympic equestrian events, the government would do its best in preparing for the 2008 Paralympic Games equestrian events so as to realize the goal of 'Two Games, Equal Splendor'," said Secretary for Home Affairs of the HKSAR government Tsang Tak-sing at a press conference.

The equestrian events of the Paralympic Games will be held in Hong Kong Sept. 7 through 11.

Tsang said that he visited the Hong Kong Paralympic Village and the competition venue at Sha Tin. He noted that various alterations had been made to meet the special needs of paralympic athletes, such as facilities for wheelchair users.

Lam Woon-kwong, chief executive officer of Hong Kong's Equestrian Company, was also present at the press conference. He noted that a record-breaking 73 athletes and 71 horses from 28 countries and regions will participate in nine events.

"We thank the Hong Kong people for their enthusiastic support for the Olympic Equestrian Events," he said, adding that he hoped the people will show the same support to the Paralympic equestrian events.

Tickets for the Paralympic Equestrian Events had been available for public sale since Aug. 29. So far, 60% have sold.

The Paralympic Equestrian Events are much more than a sporting event, said Jenny Fung, chairperson of the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee and Sports Association for the Physically Disabled.

"Appreciating the talent and skills of the dressage riders aside, we have much to learn from their resilience and perseverance, in particular their ability to take on the many challenges in life, work even harder, and excel," said Fung.

The police will continue to handle security arrangements during the Paralympic Equestrian Events, said Ng Ka-sing, chief superintendent of Police Public Relations Branch of Hong Kong.

"We note that all the security measures implemented during the Olympic Equestrian Events have proved effective. Similar practices will be adopted during the Paralympic Equestrian Events by putting in place and maintaining at all times appropriate levels of security," he said.

"The force will work in close partnership with the Equestrian Company and all relevant stakeholders to ensure the smooth and safe conduct of the events," he added.

Read more about the equestrian events of the Paralympics in Hong Kong.

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