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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Samantha Butler


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Hong Kong secures six medals in historic Olympic Games  Listenfacebook
It was beset by problems and on many occasions over the last year and a half, it looked like the Olympic Games in Tokyo might not even take place. Yet 16 days of sport carried out without spectators under strict Covid protocols, and very hot conditions, led to records being broken. The USA topped the medals table, followed closely by China and hosts Japan took third place. For Hong Kong, it was the city's most successful Olympics ever, creating a clutch of new stars and inspiring a generation of young talent. Richard Pyne reports:
Sarah Lee wins bronze in women’s cycling  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's Sarah Lee became the first local athlete to win medals in two separate Olympics, after she captured bronze in the women's track cycling sprint competition. Wong Yin-ting reports:
Sports institute hails HK's world class facilities and talent  Listenfacebook
The chief executive of the Hong Kong Sports Institute says she's "absolutely delighted" with the Olympic team's results. Trisha Leahy attributed the success to Hong Kong having world class venues for athletes to train in, top coaches, and the sports science technology and services to produce what she called “marginal gains”. She told Janice Wong that ongoing investment in sports was the way going forward:
Top official hints at anti-sanctions law for HK  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, says Beijing’s anti-sanctions law could be imposed on Hong Kong in the same way that the national security law was - by adding it to Annex Three of Hong Kong’s Basic Law. As Timmy Sung reports, Cheng says this would be the “most natural and appropriate” method:
SME’s slow to take up e-payments  Listenfacebook
The president of the Hong Kong Small and Medium Enterprises Association, Pam Mak, says some businesses are finding it difficult to familiarise themselves with electronic payment platforms - but the shift is long overdue. There’s been a boost in e-sales this month, following the government’s latest pandemic handout which came in the form of electronic vouchers. Wong Yin-ting reports:
Group says young children self-harm to deal with pressure  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Family Mediation Association has described as “shocking” the results of a survey it did with parents and primary school children. It says nearly half of the 300 parents and 300 children said they got into arguments at least once a day. And it added that nearly 60 percent of the children said they hurt themselves or others to deal with pressure. The association's executive director Fish Leung spoke to Natale Ching about the findings:
Wuhan completes city-wide Covid testing  Listenfacebook
Mainland state media say virtually the entire population of Wuhan, a city of more than 11 million people, has now been tested after a resurgence of the coronavirus. As Sean Kennedy reports, the campaign was announced after seven cases of the Delta variant emerged:
Safe haven gesture shows US-China relations are ‘cooling’  Listenfacebook
RTHK’s Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, says President Biden's offer of a temporary safe haven to Hong Kong people in the United States shows a cooling of relations between the US and China. China reacted angrily after President Biden announced the move last Thursday – whereby the US would allow Hongkongers in the US to extend their stay by 18 months and be given the opportunity to work and study. Pro-Beijing figures in the SAR dismissed it as a political gesture but Wood described the move as significant. He told Samantha Butler more about what Washington was offering: