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DHL delivers Special Olympics ‘Flame of Hope’ to Hong Kong, en route to Shanghai

DHL provides logistics support for the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for Special Olympics through a global partnership with Special Olympics International

Press Release

DHL, the world’s leading express and logistics company, today successfully delivered the Special Olympics Flame of Hope to Hong Kong, as it starts the Final Leg of its journey through Greater China to Shanghai for the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in October.



More than 100 Special Olympics athletes from Hong Kong will be among the 7,500 athletes from more than 160 countries and regions set to take part in the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games from 2-11 October 2007.



Having traveled around the world since leaving Athens in June, the Flame of Hope was today presented to Mr. Timothy Fok, President of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, Mr. Tang Deng Jie, Vice Mayor of Shanghai and Representative of Chairman of Games Organizing Committee of the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Game and Mr. David Ip, Chairman of Hong Kong Special Olympics, at Centenary Garden at a welcoming ceremony. The Flame of Hope was carried for more than 2,300 metres by over 100 Special Olympics athletes, law enforcement officers from seven disciplinary departments in Hong Kong, members of the international law enforcement Final Leg team and government dignitaries from both Hong Kong and China, along with over 60 DHL volunteers.



The torch runners carried the torch from the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront promenade to the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wanchai for a celebrating ceremony where torch bearers and athletes were greeted by Mr. Ambrose Lee, Secretary for Security, Dr. Dicken Yung, President of Special Olympics East Asia and Mr. David Ip, Chairman of Special Olympics Hong Kong, heads and senior officials of the seven law enforcement agencies and Chairmen or representatives of the 18 District Councils in Hong Kong.







“This event symbolizes perseverance, teamwork, discipline – and the sheer joy of sport which underpins the incredible inspiration the Flame of Hope brings to all those it touches,” Mr. Timothy Fok, President of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong said. “This run sends an important message to all that sport is accessible to everyone and we wish our athletes well as they represent Hong Kong at this important global event.”



DHL has entered into a global partnership with Special Olympics International, by providing logistics support for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, China, and the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho, USA.



Ms. Connie Tang, General Manager of DHL Express Hong Kong, said, “We are proud to be the first official partner of the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, an event which celebrates personal courage and global diversity. By undertaking this historic milestone of moving the flame all the way across the globe, we are paying tribute to the spirit of sportsmanship and tenacity of these very athletes who have overcome all odds to participate in the Special Olympics.”



The Chairman of Special Olympics Hong Kong Mr. David Ip said,”The Flame of Hope represents the hard work that our athletes were making in order to take part in the Special Olympics. This Torch Run and the journey to Shanghai next month is the culmination of tremendous effort and determination by the athletes, their families and their coaches. Today, we recognise the contribution that all members of society can make and we can be very proud of the athletes who are representing Hong Kong.”



The Flame of Hope was lit on 29 June in Athens, Greece, and has been transported to Cairo, London, Washington DC, Seoul, Tokyo, Sydney, Beijing and now, Hong Kong. The Final Leg of the Torch Run includes stops in Macau tomorrow and 11 cities in mainland China before arriving in Shanghai. The Torch Run, which showcases the inclusive nature of the Special Olympics and the unification of society, is Special Olympics International’s largest grass-roots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle.



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