The Asian Universities Water Polo Invitational Tournament, organised by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and sponsored by the Shun Hing Education and Charity Fund, kicked off today. Six participating teams from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Japan and South Korea will compete for the championship in the four-day competition, strengthening the bonds between universities in Asia as well as promoting water polo and sportsmanship in the region.
The opening ceremony was officiated by Dr LAM Tai-fai, Council Chairman of PolyU, Prof. Ben YOUNG, Vice President (Student and Global Affairs) of PolyU and Mr Justin MONG of the Shun Hing Group and the Shun Hing Education and Charity Fund.
At the opening ceremony, Prof. Ben Young expressed his gratitude to all parties for their staunch support for the tournament, “It is our privilege to host the Asian Universities Water Polo Invitational Tournament, which provides a wonderful opportunity to foster the spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship among our young people. PolyU has been promoting a vibrant sporting culture on our campus for many years. The Outstanding Sportsmen Recommendation Scheme which was established in 1998 has admitted over 1,500 elite athletes to various full-time undergraduate programmes. In addition, we offer the Elite Athletes Study Programme in partnership with the Hong Kong Sports Institute and participate in the Student-Athlete Learning Support and Admission Scheme to further support young athletes in achieving both academic and sporting excellence.”
In addition to the PolyU Water Polo Team, other teams in the tournament include Juntendo University and Niigata Sangyo University from Japan, Korea National Sport University from South Korea, South China Agricultural University from Mainland China, and The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The six teams will play a preliminary round-robin in two groups from today to 6 July. The Gold Medal Match will be played between the top team of each group at PolyU’s Michael Clinton Swimming Pool on 8 July. Individual awards for Top Scorer and Most Valuable Player will be presented to players with outstanding performance, while scholarships will be awarded to all participating teams. The public is welcome to attend the Gold Medal Match. Please visit https://www.polyu.edu.hk/sao/counselling-and-wellness-section/polyu-asian-universities-water-polo-invitational-tournament/ for further information.