[Body Road News]As billiards failed to participate in at least 3 Asian Games or Olympic Games between 2010 and 2030, it was earlier reported that it would be downgraded to a B-level elite event by the government in April next year, which greatly reduced the amount of resources. The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, posted on a social networking site on Monday (18th) that the Sports Committee of the Home Affairs Bureau had decided not to change the list of A-level sports at the end of last month, and would review it early next year.
Billiard has been excluded from the Asian Games since 2014, and will not return to the Doha Asian Games until 2030 at the earliest. According to the latest “Elite Sports Subsidy System” standard of the Home Affairs Bureau, the sports must have participated in the sports between 2010 and 2030. Or have the opportunity to participate in the 3 Asian Games or Olympic Games, have the opportunity to be selected for the A-level project. Therefore, it was reported earlier that billiards will be downgraded to Class B, resulting in a loss of up to 80% of the subsidy amount, and athletes will also lose 50 to 60% of the training subsidy.
Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor posted on a social networking site at noon on Monday, referring to a text message received by Hong Kong billiards “first brother” Fu Jiajun at the beginning of the month, expressing that billiards may lose its A-level elite status. She continued: “In view of the impact of the new crown epidemic, the Secretary for Home Affairs will At the end of last month, the Sports Committee, which is the chairman, has decided not to change the list of A-level sports for the time being. We will review it at the beginning of next year. I hope that billiards can become an event in the 2026 or 2030 Asian Games, or the Sports Committee will review each sports event. In addition to responding to the downgrade of billiards, Carrie Lam also congratulated Hong Kong fencing player Cheung Ka-Long for being No. 1 in the world, and wished the fencing team to achieve great results in the team competition.
Billiard has entered the Asian Games stage since 1998. The Hong Kong team has won medals for four consecutive sessions, sweeping away 4 golds, 3 silvers and 3 bronzes in total. However, since 2014, the two consecutive Asian Games have cancelled this event, which has led to the crisis of being kicked out of the elite event in Hong Kong billiards.
This article was originally published by “Tilu Sportsroad” in “Response to Billiard’s Relegation: Green Zheng: No Changes to the List of Class A Sports for the Time being”