HONG KONG -- Hong Kong Chief Secretary Henry Tang said here Thursday that Hong Kong had staged the most successful Paralympic equestrian competition.
Speaking after the conclusion of the Paralympic equestrian on Thursday, Tang said that the competition was an inspirational occasion which has left the city with an Olympic and Paralympic legacy.
During five days of competition, 73 riders from 28 countries and regions contested team and individual dressage events with a total of 11 gold medals up for grab.
"We have achieved our mission of staging two Games of equal splendor. Each rider deserves a gold medal. The courage, determination and talent of the competitors have been an inspiration to us all and something we will never forget," Tang said.
Tang said he was delighted that Hong Kong has been able to provide world-class facilities and organizational expertise to help make this a successful competition.
"We have tried our best to ensure a safe, comfortable and enjoyable stay for all the visiting riders and officials as well as the horses. We have made special efforts in providing a barrier free environment for the athletes," Tang said.
Tang added that the success in staging the two successful Games would be invaluable experience for Hong Kong`s preparation of 2009 East Asian Games and the hosting of major sports events in future.