2009 is Hong Kongs turn to host the East Asian Games.
Facts and figures
The East Asian Games is a major international multi-sport event held every four years and this year it will feature 23 sports, 16 of which are Olympic sports.
The participating countries and regions from East Asia are: the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, Guam, North and South Korea, Japan and Taiwan.
The last Games was held in 2005 in Macau featuring 17 sports.
The 2009 Games will see athletes compete in the following sporting events: Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bodybuilding, Bowling, Cue Sports, Cycling, DanceSport, Football, Hockey, Judo, Rowing, Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Table-tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Windsurfing and Wushu.
Since the first East Asian Games in 1993 Hong Kong has won a total of 36 medals 7 of which were gold.
The opening and closing ceremony for the Games will take place in the newly built Tseung Kwan O Stadium and the Games will be held from the 5 13 December 2009.
The Hong Kong mascots for the Games are Dony and Ami a pair of cartoon lion figures.
For enquiries contact: 2009 East Asian Games (Hong Kong) Ltd., 1/F Hong Kong Park Sports Centre, 29 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 3692 5997 Fax: (852) 3692 5897 E-mail: [email protected]