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Voting for Hong Kong Sports Stars Awards starts

Reported by Zoey Zhang and Nansen Chen Yik-nam

Public voting for the Hong Kong Sports Stars Awards, the city's most prestigious awards for local athletes, started Friday and lasts until March 17.

Over 200 nominated athletes gathered at Olympian City on Saturday, calling out to the public for votes.

A total of 118 athletes and sports teams were nominated by 54 National Sports Associations, according to the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong.

Over 200 athletes participated in the public voting press conference on Saturday.

Hong Kong athletes achieved impressive results on the world stage in 2023. Local athletes bagged 53 medals at the recent Asian Games in Hangzhou, including eight gold, 16 silver and 29 bronze medals, ranking 12th among all countries and regions.

There has been a 20% increase in the number of nominees compared to the previous year when 96 athletes were nominated, Edgar Yang Joe-tsi, Honorary Secretary General of the federation, said at the press conference.

Edgar Yang Joe-tsi delivers the opening remarks at the Public Voting Press Conference on Saturday.

The four categories of awards this year are for men, women, sports combination and team only sport.

“We will be happy if we get it, but everyone deserves the reward,” said Joy Hwang Join, a member of the Cheerleading Federation of Hong Kong, who was nominated for the second time since 2022.

“We are nervous and scared but happy to be here,” said her teammate Akira Escudero Takato.

Joy Hwang and Akira Escudero, 10, hold out their numbers, calling for public support.
“It’s already a glorious thing to be nominated,” said Himson Wong Hok-him, the only nominated Chinese chess player for the Hong Kong Stars Awards For Men.
Cycle-ball duo Kenny Chan Ka-kin & Max Ho Wing-tai were nominated for the Hong Kong Sports Stars Awards For Team Only Sport.

“For us, it's our second nomination. For Max, it's his third nomination, the first being back in 2004,” said Kenny Chan Ka-kin, referring to cycle-ball teammate Max Ho Wing-tai.

“Last year, we ranked third in online voting. We hope to get the first place this year, to a higher level, even the second is acceptable,” said Ho.

All residents with valid Hong Kong ID cards can only vote through the official website.
Athletes from the Hong Kong China Bodybuilding Mixed Team and Artistic Cycling Pair Open Team of Hong Kong China pose for photos at Saturday's press conference to encourage public voting for Hong Kong's top athlete awards.

Winners are determined by votes from a judging panel made up of seven representatives from different associations, which counts for 50% of the score, as well as local sports editors and the public.

The winners will be announced at the awards presentation ceremony at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on April 24.


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