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HK ePrix showcases Asia’s world city

October 09, 2016


Chief Executive CY Leung

It gives me great pleasure to join you today to kick-off the FIA Formula E Championship - Hong Kong ePrix, a sporting first for our city.


This world-class motorsports event is sure to give spectators a thrilling experience, as they cheer drivers racing around the Central Harbourfront circuit, in full view of Hong Kong’s spectacular harbour and the skyline of spectacular architecture and mountains.


I have been looking forward to this - if I may - electrifying event. Announcing the Championship exactly a year ago to the day, I said it was a dream that the Hong Kong Government co-owns - to see Formula E cars racing through the streets of our city. So when Mr Yu, Mr Yu Kam-kee, approached me three years ago - about the possibility of organising an ePrix in Hong Kong - we welcomed this suggestion with open arms.


Over the past two years, the Tourism Commission of Hong Kong Government, together with more than a dozen government bureaux and departments, had worked closely with the organiser towards realising this common dream. And here we are now - thanks to the good of work of all - to see the action, to see the dream come true.


The Championship - a perfect blend of motorsports and entertainment - will no doubt become another signature event in our sport calendar. I was pleased to learn that the organiser and the tourism sector developed packages for visitors to enjoy the race. I encourage our overseas friends and visitors to also make time to experience everything that Hong Kong, Asia’s world city, has to offer.


The Formula E Championship is one among other celebrated events in the “Hong Kong Sports Month” line-up, which includes the Hong Kong Tennis Open, Hong Kong Triathlon and Harbour Race, all enhancing Hong Kong’s status as a sporting hub in the region, and a premier tourist destination worldwide.


Chief Executive CY Leung gave these remarks at the 2016 FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix opening ceremony on October 9.