The team, who are based at the Cardiff International Pool (CIP) have been impressed by the ‘lengths’ organisers have gone to to sort out their accommodation, facilities and transport and of the warm welcome they have received everywhere they have been.
Team Manager Mr Chan Yu Hoi said,
“This is obviously a highly important period in the preparations of our athletes with the Games just a week away. Thankfully the welcome we have received, and the facilities we have been using have really been first class.”
Sports Minister Huw Lewis said,
“We have worked extremely hard to ensure that teams chose Wales as their training base. This is an excellent opportunity to develop our sporting, educational and cultural exchanges with these countries. Im really pleased to hear that the team are enjoying their stay and I hope that at the very least they take fond memories of Wales with them when they head off to London next week. I wish them all the best for the coming weeks.”
The Hong Kong swim team join New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago and Botswana as one of the impressive 22 Olympic and Paralympic teams who have selected Wales as a pre-games training camp.
As well as the Cardiff International Pool, other facilities which will be used by the teams staying in the capital include the Cardiff Metropolitan University National Indoor Athletics Centre and Cardiff International Sports Stadium (CISS).
Teams have chosen Wales as their training camp location following four years of work by Welsh Government officials. This process has involved showcasing our excellent sporting infrastructure, world class facilities, professionalism and expertise of staff and venue management and the general friendliness of the people in Wales.
Cardiff will kick off the start of the Games on Wednesday, July 25 with Olympic football taking place at the Millennium Stadium. The city boasts a rich sporting heritage and has hosted several large international sporting events including the FA Cup Final, the Rugby World Cup and The Ashes, establishing itself as a leading city for sport offering state-of-the-art facilities and world class stadia.