Hong Kong China Sports
Hong Kong football fans booed when the Chinese national anthem was played as political unrest in the former British colony spilled over into the sports world. Hong Kong has become the scene of huge protests that have rocked the city as a growing number of events and entertainment venues have been pulled out of the financial centre following a series of violent clashes between demonstrators and police in recent weeks. Chinese flags and gestures by Hong Kong fans during a protest outside the stadium during the first half of an international soccer match between the United States and China on Saturday, March 5, 2017.
The sports world presented in the official speech thus enhances the ideal relations between Hong Kong and China, which are approved and promoted by the authorities. The athletes of the Chinese national team are cheered on by the television viewers at competitions and awards ceremonies - the awards ceremonies are presented in a graphic way. The imaginary spectators of the national sports sector project the image of an inviting public in Hong Kong looking forward to the visit of top Chinese athletes. It reinforces and expresses the "Hong Kong hybrid image," which consists of a dominant international image and China's newly established national identification.
The change in relations between Hong Kong and China is also a sign that the demands for genuine and universal suffrage demanded by democracy activists in the People's Democratic Republic of China are manifesting themselves on the sports field. The behavior discrediting the national symbol "China" runs counter to the official discourse that directs the identity-building project, while Hong Kong supporters want to prevent China from qualifying for the World Cup. Tensions between China and Hong Kong have escalated in recent months as protests erupted on both islands, fueling China's decision to extradite suspected criminals from Hong Kong to the Chinese mainland.
What the diverse sporting events suggest provides information about what manifests itself and what meta-audience emerges. Similarly, the positioning and narrative of the domestic sports sector is determined in the official discourse.
To add to the complexity, what is called a local sports show in the context of Hong Kong does not necessarily come from the attention of the local sports sector, but from a variety of visual interests, political affiliations, and socio-economic status that contribute to the creation of dialogical identities. In this way, it points to a context in which sports overview and local identification can be combined to convey a commonality that transcends nationality, locality and essentialist readings.
Through the lens of sport, this article examines the importance of identifying local sports actors that reflect the evolving relationship between Hong Kong and China and its impact on the future.
The Lunar New Year Cup, held in the Hong Kong Stadium, is one of the famous international football tournaments held in Hong Kong. Since 2012, it has hosted an ICC-sanctioned event every year, with teams of up to six players competing in six competitions.
This is Hong Kong's first attempt to host the same Olympics, and the first time it has participated in the Olympics since the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. It has also participated in the World Cup, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games in South Africa.
Hong Kong has competed in the Asian and Commonwealth Games five times since the 2000 Olympics. She won two gold medals in the men's and women's 4x100m relay at the Summer Paralympics and has competed in 23 events across five sports. At London 2012, Wai Sze-Lee won gold for the women in the 4 x 100 m freestyle relay and silver for the 3x50 m medley relay. Hong Kong - Hong Kong won its first ever medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, silver in the 2x200m rowing and bronze in the 1x500m rowing.
This includes providing Hong Kong people with opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity to improve their health and support the development of healthy lifestyles.
Hong Kong has hosted several international sporting events and has been ennobled by seven - to seven - teams since returning to the Rugby World Cup in 2008. There is a 12,500-seat indoor stadium, which is Asia's largest with a capacity of 1.5 million people, and an indoor football stadium with 5,000 spectators.
In 2009, Hong Kong successfully organized the 5th East Asian Games and it was one of the largest sporting events ever held in the area. Hong Kong participated in the East Asian Games for the first time in 2010, hosting both men's and women's basketball, football and volleyball games.
The venue, which was built for both men's and women's basketball, football and volleyball matches, was one of the largest in terms of capacity. Hong Kong also hosted the Games for the first time in 2010, which were held for both men and women in basketball and football, as well as for women in volleyball.