Sarah LEE Wai Sze was last night appointed Flag Bearer of the Hong Kong China Delegation for the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony by The Hon Timothy T.T. FOK, President of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China.
President FOK stated that the sports qualifications and potential of the athlete candidates are put into account while the sports achievements of the athletes and also the smooth transition of Olympism are major factors in deciding the flag bearer candidature.
Sarah LEE has attained remarkable sports achievements in the past few years including 2010 Asian Cycling Championships 500M Time Trial Silver Medallist, 2010 Asian Games 500M Time Trial Gold Medallist and Sprint Bronze Medallist, 2010 UCI Track World Cup Keirin Bronze Medallist and Sprint Bronze Medallist, 2011 Asian Cycling Championship 500M Time Trial Gold Medallist and Sprint Bronze Medallist, 2012 Asian Cycling Championship Sprint Gold Medallist, and 2012 UCI Track World Cup Keirin Silver Medallist and Sprint Bronze Medallist, as well as 2011-2012 Sprint World Ranking Number 1. Sarah Lee was well remembered by the public as the first Gold Medallist of Hong Kong in the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games.
Cyclist WONG Kam Po, due to his sports achievements and experience among other delegation members, has been recently tipped by the public as one of the hottest candidates for the flag bearer of the Hong Kong Delegation. However, having taken into consideration WONG has to participate in the Road Race on 28 July 2012 (the day following the Opening Ceremony) and the succession of the Hong Kong up-and-coming athletes, President FOK selected Sarah Lee.
It is noted that the flag bearers of the Hong Kong Delegations for the past four Olympic Games are: Atlanta 1996 Olympics being Ms CHAN Sau Ying (athletics), Sydney 2000 Olympics being Fenella NG (rowing), Athens 2004 Olympics being Sherry TSAI (swimming), Beijing 2008 Olympics being WONG Kam Po (cycling)
Issued by the President Office, Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China
21 July 2012