The Transition of Hong Kong Elite Sports Policy before and after 1997

Wing-chung Patrick Lau, Cheng Zhen, Wen Wu

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This chapter focuses on the development of sports policy in Hong Kong, a former British colony and a current Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China. As one of the most distinctive non-sovereign cities in the world, within the framework of Basic Law and the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle, Hong Kong enjoys a high degree of autonomy, which is also reflected in its sports development. With the government's emphasis on sports, the then Secretary for Home Affairs Ho Chi-ping articulated the objectives of sports development in Hong Kong, which were promoting ‘sports for all’; fostering high-performance sports; and equipping Hong Kong to host international sports events. Great achievements have been made in the development of elite sports in Hong Kong since the handover in 1997. All of these achievements are attributed to the effective policies and measures adopted by the HKSAR government.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Sport in China
EditorsFan Hong, Liu Li
Place of PublicationNew York; Oxon
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781003204015
ISBN (Print)9781032068206, 9781032068220
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge International Handbooks

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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