The Hong Kong Jockey Club has handed over the Olympic equestrian venue in Sha Tin to the organising committee of the Olympic Equestrian Events. A key was presented during the delivery ceremony that symbolized the delivery of the project and the marking of a milestone in the preparation for the equestrian events.
“The Hong Kong Jockey Club made the decision to build the best venues for the Olympic horses and riders to support Beijing’s vision of staging the best Olympics,” said T. Brian Stevenson, deputy chairman of the club.
A significant sum of US$150 million has been invested in the venues that will stage the Olympic equestrian events from 9-21 August.
“The venue has been specially designed so that it is very ‘horse-friendly’”, said Henry Tang, HKSAR Chief Secretary for Administration.
“There are a number of world firsts: everything from the stables environment, training facilities, horse transport, equine sample testing, waste recycling, as well as measures to combat the bad weather.”
Beas River, the venue for the cross-country phase of the eventing competition will be handed over to the equestrian company next month.