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Hong Kong celebrates fourth medal at Olympics

2021-08-05 HKT 16:40
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Hongkongers again erupted in cheers on Thursday, as the SAR’s table tennis players snatched a bronze in the women’s team event – the city's fourth medal at the Tokyo Games.

Among those watching the event on TV at the Olympian City mall were the parents of Doo Hoi-kem, Hong Kong's top table tennis player who was in the team.

Doo’s father, Oscar, said he was overwhelmed by Hong Kong's stellar performance against Germany.

“This victory is really something out of my expectations, because all of the people think the German team is much stronger than the Hong Kong team. This is true. But... the Hong Kong team overcame and brought the medal. I think this is really wonderful and unimaginable,” he said.

The proud father also said he hopes the government will provide more resources to help train elite athletes and further develop the city’s sports sector.

Anna, who had just passed by the mall on her way to work, ended up glued to the screen watching the whole competition. She too was full of praise for the Hong Kong players.

“They are doing extraordinarily excellent. We are proud of them. We have never done such a good effort in the Olympics and now they’ve got this result. We are proud of them. They should be proud of themselves too,” she said.

The Citywalk mall in Tsuen Wan also saw dozens of enthusiastic spectators cheering for the team.

Anthony, a secondary school teacher, was among the crowd there.

"I think it is good this year because many people can participate in watching the Olympics and I am glad I can," he said.

Jay, 11, who came with his family, said he looked up to the athletes for their sportsmanship. He encouraged the Hong Kong team to keep going and never lose hope.

"Even when you're losing, just don't give up because you can still find hope in the darkness,” he said.