Unrest-hit Hong Kong cancels harbor swimming race

Unrest-hit Hong Kong cancels harbor swimming race

Agency News

Hong Kong, Oct 11 : This year's New World Harbor Race has become the latest sports and cultural event to be called off amid Hong Kong's months-long unrest.

The popular swimming event originally scheduled for October 27 was canceled due to "recent social situation and the resulting uncertainties," the Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association (HKASA) said in a statement on Friday. First held in 1906, the popular harbor race attracts thousands of swimmers every year to challenge the busy waterway of Victoria Harbor. It was revived in 2011 after decades-long suspension due to busy harbor traffic and severe water pollution.

The HKASA apologized for the cancellation of this year's event and promised full refund for affected participants. Violence that has raged since June has forced Hong Kong to cancel or postpone a number of sports and cultural events, including the Hong Kong Tennis Open that was originally scheduled for Oct 5-13.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board earlier this month also announced the cancellation of a cycling mega event Hong Kong Cyclothon and the Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival, citing uncertainties brought by the unrest.(XINHUA)