Chief Executive John Lee and top officials hosted a dinner with China’s national men’s basketball team on Sunday at Government House.
It comes as Hong Kong is selected as the venue for the upcoming International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Cup home matches.
The contest begins on August 25 and will take place in China.
Lee wished the team success in the finals and said the event showed that the city was able to host top-tier international sports events.
“For Hong Kong, the competition this time demonstrates three features and meanings. Firstly, under the advantage of One Country, Two Systems, Hong Kong can take part in the nation’s rapid development and contribute in different areas. Secondly, with the great support of the nation, top international events are being hosted in Hong Kong. Thirdly, top athletes showcasing their skills are beneficial to the development of sports in Hong Kong,” Lee said on Facebook on Sunday.
Photos from the gathering showed former professional player and basketball executive Yao Ming towering over Lee. The 42-year-old is 2.29 metres tall.
Meanwhile, the 15th National Games will be held in Hong Kong in 2025.
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