The Significance of the Humanistic Olympics - WEI Jizhong
President, Beijing Olympic Economy Research Association
[Abstract] The idea of the Humanistic Olympics originated from the preparations for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Their essence is to respect others and ourselves. The ultimate goal of Olympism is to educate and nurture the world’s young people in order to achieve peace and well-being for all humankind. It is our responsibility to campaign for Olympism and work towards a harmonious society both in China and in the world through the opportunity and platform provided by the Olympic Games.
Keywords: Humanistic Olympics; Olympism; humanism; peace; human dignity
Sports Policy and Development in Hong Kong - TSANG Tak Sing
TSANG Tak Sing
Secretary for Home Affairs
[Abstract] The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government appreciates the functions and importance of sports in society as a whole, and has been collaborating with various sectors of the community to promote sports development on all fronts in Hong Kong along three strategic directions, namely, to promote sports in the community, develop elite sports, and make Hong Kong a major location for international sports events. This article highlights the sports development in Hong Kong during the past 50 years, elaborates on the current sports policy, and sets out a vision for its development.
Keywords: sports policy in Hong Kong; promote sports development on all fronts; community sports; elite sports; major sports events
The Development and Promotion of Sports Culture - HUI Chun Fui Victor
HUI Chun Fui Victor
Chairman, South China Athletic Association
[Abstract] Sports advance human potential and create cultural significance via exercise and social activities. Sports are social, popular, multifunctional, and associated with our daily life. With these characteristics, sports culture evolves along with the society. Riding on the multimedia boom, the community, elite, and business tiers of sports culture can now integrate and be marketed professionally, consolidating the efforts of the government, the sports sector, and commercial sectors under one roof. It is through this that sports culture is tied up with the economical rhythm of the society.
Keywords: sports culture; professional marketing; community; elite training; commercial
Attitude of Youth towards Sports and Physical Activity - Frank H. FU CHEUNG Siu-Yin
Frank H. FU
Hong Kong Baptist University
[Abstract] A brief review of the current research findings on perceived barriers and contributors to participation in sports and physical activity is presented, with special references to data collected from Hong Kong schools. The present paper outlines the findings of a survey conducted in early 2008 of 977 local secondary school students with regard to their attitudes to and participation in sports and physical activities, perceived physical competence, and task and ego orientation. It was found that gender and age were important factors and walking was the most popular physical activity. In order to cultivate a more positive attitude towards sports and physical activity, increased participation, and better life satisfaction, various stakeholders-the SAR Government of Hong Kong, parents, sports associations/clubs, and school teachers/administrators-must work together to provide more incentives for less affluent families, for girls, as well as for upper secondary school students to become participants.
Keywords: active lifestyle; quality of life; school children; sports participation
Nurturing Athletes in Hong Kong - Yvonne Y. K. LAM
Yvonne Y. K. LAM
Principal, Jockey Club Ti-I College
[Abstract] Since September 2000, schools in Hong Kong have begun implementing the system of school-based management (SBM), and physical education (PE) has been established as one of the eight Key Learning Areas under the current education reform. Schools are now expending greater efforts on training athletes and deploying greater resources to help student-athletes realise their potential. Jockey Club Ti-I College is a pioneer of SBM in PE and other subjects and has accumulated invaluable experience in nurturing athletes. Many of its graduates have become top athletes in Hong Kong, and budding athletes are being nurtured every year. This paper attempts to briefly describe the uniqueness and special features of Jockey Club Ti-I College and what the school has done to nurture student-athletes under SBM in Hong Kong.
Keywords: school-based management; curriculum; elite athletes; special programs
A Biopsychosocial Approach to Sports Excellence at the Hong Kong Sports Institute - Trisha LEAHY
Chief Executive, Hong Kong Sports Institute
[Abstract] In the world of high performance sport, it has become increasingly clear in recent years that individual success at the elite level is a function of the complex interplay of multiple factors acting in systemic concert. Apart from individual talent, and expert coaching to facilitate that talent, achieving and maintaining “an edge” over competitors requires a comprehensive support infrastructure to minimise risk and maximise results. An effective support infrastructure is one that is underpinned by a biopsychosocial paradigm. Within the elite sport sector, whose objective is to develop high performance athletes, and specifically within the servicing infrastructure, which facilitates such development, the biopsychosocial paradigm is particularly informative. This article highlights the role and function of integrated support services to elite sport from within the biopsychosocial model. I will propose five characteristics of an integrated support system for peak performance, which form the basis for best practice at the Hong Kong Sports Institute.
Keywords: biopsychosocial support; elite sport
The Development of School Physical Education in Hong Kong - LI Chung
Associate Professor, Department of Creative Arts and Physical Education, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
[Abstract] This paper discusses and interprets the historical development of school physical education in Hong Kong. It aims to review its development, and evaluate and postulate its value and contributions to the development of students and society. The paper also outlines its development from simple physical training to a systemic, theoretical, accredited, and scientific academic discipline; from the past, to the present, and into the future.
Keywords: physical education; school physical education; physical education history; physical education development
The Frontline Experience of Promoting Sports Activities - WONG Chiu Keung
WONG Chiu Keung
P.E. Panel, Hong Kong True Light College
[Abstract] If schools cultivate students’ interest in sports through physical education lessons, organise a variety of extracurricular activities, and develop the culture of sports in order to make sports popular on campuses, then eventually students will form the habit of doing sports. Both schools and parents emphasise students’ academic results; therefore, it is quite difficult to promote sports in schools. However, if we can enhance students’ morals and attitudes, and improve their time-management skills through sports participation, without affecting their academic performance, then parents will be willing to let their children take part in sports.
Keywords: physical education lessons; training arrangement; interschool competition; Sports Society; sports culture in schools
The Preparation and Promotion Work for the 2008 Olympic Equestrian Events - LAM Woon-kwong
Chief Executive Officer, Equestrian Events (HK) of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad Company Limited
[Abstract] The year 2008 will be a memorable one for Chinese people everywhere, since the Olympic Games will be staged in Beijing for the first time. Hong Kong is honoured to be one of the hosting cities responsible for hosting the equestrian events. This article highlights the preparation and promotion work for these events.
Keywords: equestrian; dressage; jumping; eventing; torch relay
Sharing Column Serving as a Volunteer at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games - Helen NGAN