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Hong Kong ‘quite confident’ Kai Tak Sports Park will be ready by National Games

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Hong Kong ‘quite confident’ Kai Tak Sports Park can open by end of 2024 in time for 2025 National Games

Government confirms plan to stage eight sports in Hong Kong when it co-hosts the Games with Guangdong and MacauHK$30 billion new sports park still under construction after work was delayed by Covid-19 pandemicKai Tak Sports ParkChan Kin-waPublished: 4:59pm, 9 May, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

The Hong Kong government has said it remains confident that the delayed Kai Tak Sports Park will be ready to open by the end of 2024, in time for the city to co-host the 2025 National Games.

The HK$30 billion new facility was originally planned to open this year but it is still under construction after delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which last year caused its expected completion date to be put back to 2024.

Speaking at the Legislative Council, the city’s legislature, during its Panel on Home Affairs, Culture and Sports on Monday, Paul Cheng Ching-wan, the acting sports commissioner, said progress at the park was “quite satisfactory”.

“We have assessed the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact of the rainy season, and we are quite confident the park can be completed by the end of 2024,” he said.

“We expect the National Games will take place in September or October 2025, so there will be about eight to nine months for us to work on the park. The test events of [Games] sports will be held before the Games and there will be ample time for these events.”

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