Hong Kong's Sevens performance could catch government attention
James Mortimer 26 Mar 2013 Getty Images
While Hong Kong will be pushing hard to become one of the International Rugby Board's 'core teams' in the coming years, their immediate goal will to get a massive funding boost from the Hong Kong Government's Sport's Commission - who decide which codes are included in the lucrative Elite Training Academy.
It is believed that if Hong Kong Sevens are successful, they will recieve approximately four to five Hong Kong million (617K to 772K NZD) annually, and Hong Kong and Chinese Television noted the presence of Secretary for Home Affair's Tsang Tak-sing in the stands over the weekend, who is chairman of the all powerful Sport's Commision and one of the 21 individuals who will could create cause for celebrations in the Hong Kong Rugby Union's corridors of power.
Rees said to the South China Morning Post the performance of the side should hold them in good stead.
"Hong Kong surpassed all expectations," he said.
"I hope the people in the box who have the fate of our sport in their hands would have sat up and taken notice."
With the funding to come through from 2013 to 2017, Rees said it was now a case of waiting.
"It is a waiting game right now and we are hopeful a decision can be made soon. April 1, when the new funding cycle at the Sports Institute commences, is just a few days away," Rees said.
"The way Cado Lee, Kwok Ka-chun, Rowan Varty (Hong Kong's captain) and Salom Yiu Kam-shing played was tremendous. While Rowan has been around for a long time, it has taken at least two years to bring on the likes of Cado and my task will be made easier if we have the backing of the Sports Institute.
"Our performance will have raised eyebrows outside Hong Kong. We are now the only team from Asia who will be bidding to become a core team. And we are doing this with a small player base. If we get into the Sports Institute, we can build on this success."
Most popular News:
Crusaders name team for Highlanders22.Jan.2015
Charlie Faumuina re-signs for two years22.Jan.2015
NZ Women’s Sevens Squad for 2015 announced22.Jan.2015
Best "close tackling 12" in England re-signs22.Jan.2015
Full list of Investec 2015 Super Rugby preseason matches22.Jan.2015
Sign up available for Rio 2016 Olympics Sevens tickets22.Jan.2015