High Hopes for disabled athletes in Hong Kong

South China Morning Post

High Hopes for disabled athletes in Hong Kong

3rd November 2016

I’m ready to quit my job: Hong Kong’s disabled athletes look forward to receiving full-time financial support

Boccia player Leung Yuk-wing and wheelchair fencer Yu Chui-yee are among the Paralympians who welcome recommendations of a Baptist University study

One is ready to quit his job while another is thinking of reviving her 2020 Tokyo Olympic ambitions after a consultancy study recommended that disabled athletes receive the same level of training and financial support as their able-bodied counterparts.

Leung Yuk-wing, who won gold at the Rio Paralympics in boccia, and wheelchair fencer Yu Chui-yee were among the disabled athletes who welcomed the Baptist University study.

“I would no doubt quit my job to become a full-time athlete as this will help my athletics career, but of course the financial support must also be rewarding,” said Leung. “Hopefully it can match what the able-bodied athletes are receiving.”


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