Promoting Judo to Tier A Elite Sport in Hong Kong Essay

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In recent years, in order to enhance the opportunities to win medals in international competitions, the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) proposed “Elite Sports” to support athletes to reach an elite level. However, only 16 sports events receive "Tier A" support from the Elite Training Program operated by the HKSI with effect from April 2013. The Elite Sports Committee rejected some popular sports, for instance, Judo, soccer and basketball. The issue of whether Judo should be included in Hong Kong Elite Sports (Tier A) has been discussed for several years among scholars and universities in Hong Kong. Despite strong objection from HKSI, however, Judo should be included in the Hong Kong Elite Sports (Tier A), for it brings advantages to the…show more content…
In recent years, in order to enhance the opportunities to win medals in international competitions, the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) proposed “Elite Sports” to support athletes to reach an elite level. However, only 16 sports events receive "Tier A" support from the Elite Training Program operated by the HKSI with effect from April 2013. The Elite Sports Committee rejected some popular sports, for instance, Judo, soccer and basketball. The issue of whether Judo should be included in Hong Kong Elite Sports (Tier A) has been discussed for several years among scholars and universities in Hong Kong. Despite strong objection from HKSI, however, Judo should be included in the Hong Kong Elite Sports (Tier A), for it brings advantages to the spreading of Judo spirit, intensifies support for elite Judo athletes and the HKSI, and promotes Hong Kong’s economic growth. “Judo for all” has been a slogan when actively promoting sports events, marketing the idea, or providing an ornate pretext for increasing funding for the sport. Some conservative Judo specialists argued that most of the bureaucratic organizations misunderstood the real interpretation of “Judo for all” which arises from the fundamental spirit of Judo itself. According to Ito's (2011) proposal (P. 5), “the main purpose of Judo is the cultivation of the mind and moral education as well as physical education.” In addition, though Judo has been included into one of the events of the Olympics, Professor Jigoro Kano,

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