The Hong Kong Jockey Club joins the Olympic Museum Donors Club
On Thursday 3 July, a new brick was added to the Olympic Museum Donors’ Wall. This donation of one million US dollars was made by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, which will host the Olympic equestrian events in August.
A brick… and a horse
The ceremony was held in the presence of Jacques Rogge and Juan Antonio Samaranch, IOC President and Honorary President respectively; John C Chan, CEO of HKJC; Timothy Tsun Ting Fok, IOC member; Francis Gabet, Olympic Museum Director; and other personalities. The Hong Kong Jockey Club also made a donation to The Olympic Museum of a full-size glass-fibre horse symbolising the city’s pride at hosting the best riders on the planet on the occasion of the Games.
An exhibition… and an Olympic museum
As part of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, The Olympic Museum has worked with the HKJC to set up an exhibition on the theme of equestrian sports. Recently inaugurated, this exhibition will run until the end of September. In addition, The Olympic Museum and the Hong Kong Jockey Club have signed a joint contract to create - in the medium-term - a Museum showcasing the 2008 Games, particularly the equestrian events.
In Hong Kong, the horse is king
From 8 to 21 August, Hong Kong, 2,200km south of Beijing, will be where the Olympic equestrian events will take place - a decision taken in 2005 by the IOC because of the fact that the former British colony is a city where horses are more present than in Beijing and that the racecourse in Sha Tin (for jumping and dressage) and the Beas River golf club (for the three-day event) were existing venues able to host these types of events perfectly.
Dream infrastructures…Since they were tasked with running the equestrian events, the organisers have done their utmost to offer the participants, riders and horses optimal conditions: more than 200 boxes; air-conditioned stables; some 13 training paddocks, some of which are covered and air-conditioned; galloping tracks; a state-of-the-art 900m2 clinic; an anti-doping laboratory; first-class vets and lab assistants; and even weather stations.