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HK marathon gets 'M' Mark

The Major Sports Events Committee today announced that it has awarded the "M" Mark status to the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon to be held on February 12.   The committee's Chairman Wilfred Ng said the event will add colour and vibrancy to Hong Kong, like all other "M" Mark events.   “The 'M' Mark events showcase Hong Kong's capability to host world-class events and enhance Hong Kong's position as a centre for major international sports activities.   “These events also allow the general public to enjoy and participate in high-level competitions and nurture a sustainable sporting culture in the community,” he added.   Launched in 2004, the "M" Mark system aims to help local national sports associations organise more major international sports events and nurture them into sustainable undertakings. http://dlvr.it/Sj0HBF

HK to co-host National Games

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today welcomed the State Council's agreement for Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau to host the 15th National Games in 2025.   Mrs Lam said after the city has achieved its best results in history at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Hong Kong co-hosting the National Games in 2025 is a significant move that will promote Hong Kong's sports development.   She also thanked the central government for its trust and support.   Mrs Lam added that the three places jointly hosting the National Games is very meaningful and in line with the goal of building a bay area for leisure and shaping a healthy bay area as presented in the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.   The Chief Executive said with the Kai Tak Sports Park to be commissioned in 2023 and the Hong Kong Velodrome and other sports facilities, the foundation is in place for Hong Kong to take part in the hosting of the National Games.   The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government will spare no effort to work closely with the relevant ministries of the central government, Guangdong and Macau on preparatory work and follow the central authorities' requirement of simple, safe and wonderful in conducting the Games, she added.   The National Games, held once every four years, is the nation's highest level and largest national mega sports event. The 14th National Games will be held in Shaanxi in September.
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