The Team and Pair events wrapped up this morning with Thailand, South Korea and Hong Kong captured three Gold medals.
Thailand dominated the BC1/2 Team event by winning all five of their games. The team beat China 9-3 in the semi-finals and going on to cruise over Japan for the gold with a 13-0 win. South Korea dispatched China 14-2 in the bronze medal match.
In the BC3 Pair event, South Korea took the 6-3 victory against Singapore in the semi-final and narrowly defeated Hong Kong 4-3 to earn the gold. Singapore managed to secure the bronze by winning the tie-break against Australia.
Hong Kong captured the top prize in the BC4 Pair event. The team dominated Japan 6-1 in the semi-final and beat South Korea 3-2 to claim the gold. China benefitted from a strong 8-0 performance against Japan for the bronze.
The pool stage of individual event started from today's afternoon until 27 May. Results and live streaming will be available in this website.
Participating teams took on the Team and Pair events of BISFed 2017 Asia and Oceania Championships starting with the pool stages today. Hong Kong Team won all the pools of BC4 Pair and will face Japan in the semi-finals, while Korea will play the match against China.
On the other hand, Australia, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore successfully entered the BC3 Pair semi-finals. For BC1/2 Team, China, Japan, Korea and Thailand also secured their places in semi-finals.
The competitions will continue from 9am tomorrow (25 May) and live streaming will be available in this website.
"BISFed 2017 Asia and Oceania Championships - Hong Kong" starts tomorrow until this Sunday (28 May) at Ma On Shan Sports Centre. Participating teams from 11 countries/territories have arrived in Hong Kong and gathered at the competition venue today for the pre-competition practice, classification and equipment check.
“BISFed 2017 Asia and Oceania Championships – Hong Kong”, organized by the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (HKPC&SAPD) will be held from 24 to 28 May at Ma On Shan Sports Centre. A press conference was hosted today (19 May) to announce the Championships details and invite the public to join.
Officiating guests included Mr. David Hadfield, President of Boccia International Sports Federation, Miss Petty Lai, Principal Assistant Secretary for Home Affairs (Recreation and Sport) of Home Affairs Bureau, Mr. Kelvin Leung, Chief Leisure Manager (Sports Funding), Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Dr. Trisha Leahy, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Sports Institute, Dr. James Lam, Chairman of HKPC&SAPD, Mr. Lincoln Yu, Chairman of “BISFed 2017 Asia and Oceania Championships – Hong Kong” Organizing Committee, Mr. Leung Yuk Wing, Boccia Athlete and Mr. Kwok Hart Wing, Boccia Head Coach.
Dr. James Lam, Chairman of HKPC&SAPD said, “Boccia is one of the Paralympic Games focused programmes of HKPC&SAPD. Hong Kong Team has continued to shine and win acclaim in the competition arena in recent years. In 2014, they captured two gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the Asian Para Games and two gold medals at the World Championships, and then one gold medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. 10 athletes of the Team will compete at the upcoming Championships with home-field advantage and strive for excellence.” In addition, Dr. Lam also expressed deep gratitude on behalf of HKPC&SAPD for the generous support from the related Government departments and supporting organizations, which enable local and overseas athletes to have a high-level competition platform.
More than 160 top athletes, coaches and team officials from 11 countries and territories will participate in the Championships. The medalists of each event will earn a direct slot to the 2018 World Championships to be held in Liverpool, UK. Mr. Martin Lam, Vice-chairman of the Championships Organizing Committee remarked that strong teams such as China, Japan, Korea and Thailand will soon gather at the competition. Watcharaphon Vongsa (Thailand) and Yoo Won Jong (Korea), medal winners of Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and Kim Han Soo (Korea) and Zheng Yuan Sen (China), who rank third in the world will also join the upcoming competitions. Mr. Lam believed that the Championships will be very fascinating and exciting.
Public are welcome to watch the competition at Ma On Shan Sports Centre. Latest news, competition results and live streaming will be available in this website.