The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games came to a finale amidst a chorus of citywide applause and jubilation, with members of the public longing to catch a glimpse of our elite Olympians and to send them their best wishes. In recognition of the Hong Kong, China delegation’s historic success at the Games, Henderson Land Group held a prize presentation ceremony for the “Henderson Land Commendation Scheme for Elite Athletes” at its ifc mall today, awarding cash prizes totalling HK$19,375,000 to the medallists and those ranked among the top eight in their respective events.
Officiating guests of the ceremony were Mrs. Carrie LAM CHENG Yuet-ngor, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr. Martin LEE Ka-shing, Chairman of Henderson Land Group, Mr. Timothy FOK Tsun-ting, President of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, and Mr. LAM Tai-fai, Chairman of the Hong Kong Sports Institute. A number of Hong Kong Olympians were also in attendance, including: Siobhan HAUGHEY, double silver medallist in women’s swimming; Grace LAU Mo-sheung, bronze medallist in women's Karatedo kata; DOO Hoi-kem, LEE Ho-ching and Minnie SOO Wai-yam, bronze medallists in women's team table tennis; WONG Chun-ting, 5th in mixed doubles table tennis; TANG Chun-man and TSE Ying-suet, semi-finalists in mixed doubles badminton; and Hayley Chan Hei-man Victoria, 8th in women’s windsurfing RS:X. Although Edgar CHEUNG Ka-long, Olympic champion in men’s individual foil fencing, and Sarah LEE Wai-sze, two-time Olympic bronze medallist in women’s track cycling, were not able to grace the ceremony with their presence because of the upcoming National Games of China, audience rejoiced in excitement nonetheless as they watched the replay of the Hong Kong team’s brilliant performance at the Tokyo Games.
Delivering a speech at the ceremony, Mr. Martin LEE Ka-shing, Chairman of Henderson Land Group, said: “The Hong Kong team has achieved record-breaking success at this year’s Olympics, and we are humbled by the fighting spirit, determination and passion that our athletes, as well as their coaches, have shown us. During the Olympics, I would watch the games with my four children while I was at home. I believe the hard work and resilience of our Olympians can serve as an inspiration to not only my children but also our younger generations.
“For the past two years, we have all been impacted by the COVID pandemic in ways big and small. The remarkable achievements of the Hong Kong team have brought a timely boost of joy and positivity to our society, proving that Hong Kong, though a small city, is more than capable of nurturing world-class athletes who not only lead the pack in Asia, but are also on par with the best and brightest in the international arena. My special thanks to the HKSAR Government for boosting local sports development all along. The stellar accomplishments of our athletes at the Tokyo Olympics are the fruits of years of collective efforts and contributions,” added Mr. Lee.
Henderson Land has been proactively promoting Hong Kong’s sports development over the years, striving to support local athletes in pursuing their dreams and claiming glory for the city. Established in 2018 with donations from the Lee Shau Kee Foundation, the “Henderson Land Commendation Scheme for Elite Athletes” has thus far given away more than HK$34 million in cash incentives to Hong Kong athletes. The commendation scheme covers multiple large-scale sporting events, such as the 2018 Asian Games and Asian Para Games, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the 2021 National Games of China, and the 2022 Asian Games and Asian Para Games. In addition to a considerable increment in cash prizes for this year’s Olympic Games, those for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will also be topped up. In particular, the cash incentives for gold, silver and bronze medallists in individual events will be doubled, and gold medallists in a team event will be rewarded with HK$1.6 million.
List of Tokyo 2020 Olympics Awardees under the “Henderson Land Commendation Scheme for Elite Athletes”
|1||Cheung Ka Long||Fencing||Men's individual foil||Gold medal||$5,000,000|
|2||Siobhan Bernadette Haughey||Swimming||Women's 200m freestyle||Silver medal||$2,500,000|
|3||Siobhan Bernadette Haughey||Swimming||Women's 100m freestyle||Silver medal||$2,500,000|
|4||Doo Hoi Kem
Lee Ho Ching
Soo Wai Yam Minnie
|Table tennis||Women's team||Bronze medal||$2,500,000|
|5||Lau Mo Sheung Grace||Karatedo||Women's kata||Bronze medal||$1,250,000|
|6||Lee Wai Sze||Cycling||Women's sprint||Bronze medal||$1,250,000|
|7||Tang Chun Man
Tse Ying Suet
|8||Wong Chun Ting
Doo Hoi Kem
|Table tennis||Mixed doubles||5th||$625,000|
|9||Kong Man Wai Vivian
Hsieh Sin Yan Kaylin
Lin Yik Hei Coco
Chu Ka Mong
|Fencing||Women's team épée||7th||$625,000|
|10||Choi Chun Yin Ryan
Cheung Ka Long
Cheung Siu Lun
Ng Lok Wang Lawrence
|Fencing||Men's team foil||7th||$625,000|
|11||Kong Man Wai Vivian||Fencing||Women's épée||5th||$312,500|
|12||Doo Hoi Kem||Table tennis||Women’s singles||5th||$312,500|
|13||Chan Hei Man Hayley Victoria||Windsurfing||Women's RS:X||8th||$312,500|
|14||Lee Wai Sze||Cycling||Women's keirin||8th||$312,500|