Government and sports in Hong Kong

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Government and sports in Hong Kong


Author: Yau, Lai-sze Lizzy
Title: Government and sports in Hong Kong
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2000
Subject: Sports -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Management
Pages: viii, 87 leaves : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
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Abstract: Viewing that the sports participation in the community has been advancing steadily but the sporting culture of Hong Kong people is weak, it is thus worthy of investigating the reasons leading to this controversy since the introduction of "Recreation for Everyone" sport policy by the Hong Kong Government in 1973. The investigation focuses on analysing the rationale of the Government for involving in sport, the role of the Government in sports development and the process of implementing sports services in the community. Through the challenge of investigation, recommendations to improve the Hong Kong sport policy are given. The investigation is based on three considerations, including the origin of sport policy, the perceptions of Government in sport and the performance of sports institutes. The provision of sports for all target segments inside the pyramid of sport has been examined. The governing philosophy of the Government and the conventional practices of the Government in policy formulation and policy execution have been discussed in the analysis. Three approaches have been adopted to accomplish the study. Firstly, secondary materials from literature have been collected for understanding the philosophy of government involvement in sport, the evolution of sport in Hong Kong as well as the local sport implementation system. Secondly, quantitative analyses of information gathered from relating statistical reports and benchmark survey on sports participation in the local community have been sought. The purpose is to review the provision of sports participation opportunity and responses in the community. Thirdly, personal interviews with practitioners and athletes have been conducted for soliciting up-to-date feedback on the sport policy in Hong Kong. Having considered the unique political, social, economical and cultural background in Hong Kong, the investigation finds that the outcome of Hong Kong sport policy in term of sports participation opportunity, sports participation level in the community and sports awareness in the population has been satisfactory. The objective of sport policy has been reached. Nevertheless, overlapping of responsibilities among the sport institutes has deficient the effectiveness of the sport implementation system. Thus, re-structuring the system by dissolving the Hong Kong Sports Development Board (HKSDB) and reverting the responsibilities of HKSDB to the Special Administrative Region Government are recommended for simplifying the system of command and responsibilities. Additionally, cultivation of sport culture should be intensified. A long-term strategic plan in sports promotion, in particular with the young generation, has to be worked out.

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