Hong Kong to Send Smaller Squad to 2024 Paris Olympics

Hong Kong to send smaller Olympic squad to Paris 2024 due to budget constraints, but top athletes still aim to qualify in sports like triathlon, gymnastics, and athletics.

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Hong Kong to Send Smaller Squad  to 2024 Paris Olympics

Hong Kong to Send Smaller Squad to 2024 Paris Olympics

Hong Kong is expected to send a smaller squad of around 20 athletes to the 2024 Paris Olympics, down from the 46 that competed in Tokyo 2020. Several sports like fencing, table tennis, and karate will not have Hong Kong representatives this time around.

Despite the reduced numbers, some athletes are still hoping to qualify in sports like triathlon, gymnastics, and athletics. Key qualifiers so far include racewalker Ching Siu-nga, badminton duo Tang Chun-man and Tse Ying-suet, and fencers Cheung Ka-long, Vivian Kong Man-wai, and Daphne Chan Nok-sze. Golfer Kho Keng-wai is also aiming to qualify.

In gymnastics, Shek Wai-hung is currently ranked second and has a strong chance of qualifying . Windsurfer Mui Ma Kwan-ching and sailor Nicholas Halliday have also secured their spots for Paris. Table tennis players Wong Chun-ting and Lam Siu-hang are expected to qualify in the singles events, while Wong and Doo Hoi-kem will compete in the mixed doubles.

Why this matters: Hong Kong's smaller Olympic delegation reflects budget constraints and shifting priorities. The reduced squad size may impact the city's medal prospects and overall performance at the Paris Games compared to their impressive showing in Tokyo, where they claimed 6 medals.

The Hong Kong government has cited budget reasons for the smaller Olympic squad, as they will no longer pay exam fees for candidates starting in 2025. "We have to be realistic about our chances and allocate resources accordingly," said a sports official who requested anonymity. "Our goal is still to support our top athletes and help them succeed on the biggest stage."

Key Takeaways

  • Hong Kong to send smaller 20-athlete squad to 2024 Paris Olympics, down from 46 in Tokyo.
  • Several sports like fencing, table tennis, and karate will not have Hong Kong representatives.
  • Key qualifiers include racewalker, badminton duo, fencers, and golfer.
  • Gymnast Shek Wai-hung ranked 2nd, windsurfer and sailor have secured spots.
  • Budget constraints cited for smaller squad, may impact Hong Kong's medal prospects.