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Hong Kong fans go wild for mainland Olympic delegation

2016-August-28       Source: CRIenglish.com

The Chinese mainland Rio Olympic delegation kicked off their three-day visit in Hong Kong on Saturday. A 64-member team, including 42 Olympic champions and five renowned coaches, is set to participate in three public sessions, meeting tens of thousands of fans in the city. The delegation will also go on to visit neighboring Macau.

People queue outside Hong Kong Cultural Centre on August 22, 2016. [Photo: Agencies]

Seeing the mainland's Olympic stars has proved very popular in Hong Kong, with the 6,000 tickets for the three public events selling out within three hours of going on sale.

Even before the ticket offices in Hong Kong opened on the morning of August 22, long queues had formed, with some fans even waiting overnight.

Each ticket cost 20 Hong Kong dollars (about 2.6 US dollars), but after the tickets ran out, many quickly appeared on mainland e-commerce website, Tabobao.com. Tickets on the website were being resold for as much as one thousand Hong Kong dollars for the most popular sports.

All the champions of the table tennis team led by head coach Liu Guoliang are set to meet the Hong Kong fans. The first gold medal winner for the mainland delegation Zhang Mengxue, China's first ever Olympic track cycling gold medal winners Gong Jinjie and Zhong Tianshi, as well as five-time gold medalist Wu Minxia are among the delegation.

Besides the Olympic champions, three mainland Olympians who did not win gold in Rio, are also included. They are, two-time Olympic badminton Lin Dan, the first Chinese person to run 100 meters within 10 seconds sprinter Su Bintian, as well as popular swimmer Fu Yuhui.

Editor: Nan

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