The Hong Kong games in the eyes of local sports and recreation students

Glos HO*, Edmond Yik Ming Yiu, Michael Huen Sum Lam

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    Sporting events have become the focus of government interest in Hong Kong in recent years. The Hong Kong Games (HKG) in particular is aimed at promoting sports participation and community cohesion within the 18 districts. Since the debut of the HKG in 2007, no academic research has been conducted to explore the actual impact of the Games on sustainable sports participation in Hong Kong. This paper addresses the underexplored issue of the links between hosting the HKG and the perceptions of the social and economic impact of such events within the framework of social exchange theory. A total of 532 questionnaires were collected from sports students undertaking tertiary education in Hong Kong. The statistical results clearly indicated a lack of community support for the HKG. Hence, this paper makes recommendations on the integration of the ‘sports-for-all’ concept in the wider community.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1209-1225
    Number of pages17
    JournalInternational Journal of the History of Sport
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2016

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • History
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Hong Kong
    • Hong Kong Games
    • Perception
    • Social exchange
    • Sports students


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