Organisers have said they will open Hong Kong’s famous New World Harbour Race up to 4,000 swimmers this year.
The race, first staged in 1906, crosses Victoria Harbour, beginning from the Golden Bauhinia Square public pier in Wan Chai and finishing at Tsim Sha Tsui’s Avenue of Stars.
It is expected that the elite event, which will take place on November 12 alongside a leisure race and the FTLife New World Springboard Championship for young swimmers, will attract a global field.
Registration for the leisure race opens at 10am on Wednesday and closes on September 18. A ballot will be staged in the case of over subscription, with results announced on September 28.
Successful applicants for the event, organised by Hong Kong China Swimming Association, will be asked to swim in a time trial on one of October 8, 14 or 15.
Last year’s elite races were won by Kwok Chun-hei and Athena Ching Lam-wong, in times of 14m 25.6s and 15m 11.4s, respectively. Edmil Li Kong-fei, then 15, swam 19m 45.5s to claim the springboard championship prize.
“This year sees the full return of the New World Harbour Race post-pandemic and we are delighted to welcome… the maximum quota of 4,000 swimmers,” Ronnie Wong, the association’s president, said.
“The organiser looks forward to the participation of swimmers from Hong Kong, mainland China and internationally, in the city’s landmark swimming event of the year.
“In addition to providing new opportunities for Hong Kong swimmers to compete with elite swimmers from around the world, we also look forward to the event further reinforcing Hong Kong’s importance as an international sporting events hub.”