Organized by the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (the Federation), the annual spectacular sports event, 2007 Olympic Day Run (ODR) was successfully held on 24 June 2007 (Sunday) at 8:30 a.m. at Wanchai Sports Ground.
Originated from the idea to commemorate the founding of International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 23 June 1894, the ODR became an annual spectacular sports event in Hong Kong in promoting the Olympic Movement. This year, nearly 2,500 Hong Kong citizens echoed our appeal of "Activate your Sports Potential" and participated in the ODR which aims to advocate a sporting lifestyle to the general public, thus enhancing their overall well-being. Apart from the individual participants of all walks of life, six corporate teams were formed to show their corporate commitment in supporting the Hong Kong sports.
The route of the ODR started and finished at Wanchai Sports Ground, passing through the prestigious landmarks including Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre and Golden Bauhinia Square. Participants did not only enjoy the scenic view along the route but also the Games Booth at the sports ground. The photo-taking counter was particularly set-up to appeal the participants to capturing the memorable moment with their friends and family members in the ODR. The ODR reached its climax in the lucky draw session with prizes worth more than HK$40,000 which were sponsored by our sole sponsor, the Samsung Electronics Hong Kong Company Ltd.
During the Opening Ceremony, the President of the Federation, The Hon. Timothy T. T. FOK, GBS, JP, said: "The Federation is inspired by the overwhelming number of participants of nearly 2,500 Hong Kong citizens participated in this year's ODR to show their support to the Hong Kong sports". In the same occasion, Mr. B. W. KIM, Managing Director of Samsung Electronics H.K. Co. Ltd. said: "Samsung's commitment to supporting sports is driven by our belief that there is a clear relationship between athletics and peace. We believe that the values promoted by sports – fair competition, peace and joy – enable people to rise above racial, religious, gender and regional differences."
The Federation extended its sincere gratitude to the event sponsor – Samsung Electronics Hong Kong Company Ltd for its staunch support to the ODR; the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (subvented organization) and the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association (co-organizer) to make the event a glamorous success.
Issued by: Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China
Date: 24 June 2007