For the first time, Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled vice-chairman Andy Lau attended the opening ceremony of Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games two nights ago, accompanying the athletes and showing support to them. He was at London two years ago supporting the disabled athletes.
Andy also has a huge fan base in South Korea as fans went to the airport to welcome him. When they saw Andy who was wearing the red color Asian Para Games uniform walking out of the custom, they immediately shouted out his name, the enthusiastic also presented him with flowers. From the custom to his awaiting vehicle, the fans followed him as it was a rather chaotic situation.
Meanwhile members of his Andy World Club were waiting at the hotel where he was staying as a gathering was held, giving him a chance to meet with his Korean fans whom he had not met for many years.
Andy is invited by the organizer to be the special prize presenter for wheelchair fencing, athletic and wheelchair dancing, thus he would be staying in Incheon for a few days to watch the complete 12 competitions before returning to Hong Kong.
Hong Kong had 119 athletes participating in 14 competition. To encourage Hong Kong athletes, he encouraged them by saying: “With regards to the athletes, I’ve 100% confidence in them, whether they could win any medals, let affinity do the talking, most importantly they must enjoy the competitions. To me, Everyone is number one. Friends, I will learn from all of you, the world will see your determination and hard work.”
Andy knew that the Asian Para Games and Paralympics might not get the attention of the public, but he thinks that this group of athletes still maintain their own dreams, winning a result is secondary, everyone should be proud of their hard work, hope in future there will be more support and attention to them.
news and photos from: Apple Daily News, Ming Pao, SingTao News, Wei Wen Po, Hong Kong Daily, Headline Daily, udn.com, Macao Daily