The Hong Kong team has wrapped up the Tokyo Paralympics with five medals after two badminton players clinched a silver and a bronze on the final day.

The Paralympic Games officially ended on Sunday as Japan hosted a vibrant closing ceremony in the National Stadium. Badminton player Chu Man-kai carried the Hong Kong flag across the arena after the 30-year-old bagged a silver in the SH6 Men’s Singles event.

Hong Kong para badminton player Chu Man-kai wins silver in the SH6 Men’s Singles event in Tokyo. Photo: Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled.

In a thrilling final against India’s Krishna Nagar, Chu lost the first set 17-21 but stayed in the running by taking the second set, 21-16. The Hongkonger eventually settled for silver after he was bested 17-21 in the last set.

Hong Kong para badminton player Chu Man-kai in the SH6 Men’s Singles event in Tokyo. Photo: Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled.

Another Hong Kong para badminton player, Daniel Chan Ho-yuen, clinched bronze in the WH2 Men’s Singles event by defeating Kim Kyung Hoon of South Korea. The 36-year-old sealed the match in 55 minutes by winning in straight sets, 24-22 and 21-10.

Hong Kong wheelchair badminton player Daniel Chan wins bronze in the WH2 Men’s Singles event in Tokyo. Photo: Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled.

The medals for Chu and Chan marked a historic victory for the city, as it was the first time for badminton to be included in the Paralympics.

Hong Kong wheelchair badminton player Daniel Chan in the WH2 Men’s Singles event in Tokyo. Photo: Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled.

“To be able to represent Hong Kong as the flag bearer after winning a medal was indeed a perfect end to this Paralympics journey. I hope I can meet everyone again in the next Paralympic Games,” Chu said.

The next para games will be held in Paris in 2024.

Hong Kong para badminton player Chu Man-kai bears the HKSAR flag in the Tokyo Paralympics closing ceremony. Photo: Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled.

The Hong Kong delegation – with 24 athletes competing in eight sports – won a total of two silver and three bronze medals in Tokyo. The city claimed a silver in the mixed pairs boccia team event, a bronze in the boccia mixed individual BC4 event and another bronze in the table tennis class 11 women’s singles event.

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Kelly Ho

Kelly Ho has an interest in local politics, education and sports. She formerly worked at South China Morning Post Young Post, where she specialised in reporting on issues related to Hong Kong youth. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong, with a second major in Politics and Public Administration.