The Hong Kong NOC is set to organise the Festival of Sport ©Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department

The Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong (SF&OC) is set to collaborate with the region's Government to stage the Festival of Sport.

The initiative is being launched with the aim of promoting sport development, supporting elite sport, enhancing professionalism, and positioning Hong Kong as a centre for major international sports events.

Further goals also include developing sport as an industry and promoting sports in the community.

"On the basis of our foundation, we will continue to work hand in hand with national sports associations to uplift the professional standards and accreditation of our coaches so as to keep pace with the latest developments in the sports sector," said SF&OC President Timothy Fok.

"Professional medical teams are the strongest support for athletes.

"SF&OC is delighted to see that the Government will strengthen the development of sports science and medicine to provide more medical and rehabilitation support to the athletes, so that they can pursue their dreams without worries.

"SF&OC has always been committed to cultivating a strong sporting culture in the community and promoting sports for all.

"In this connection, we will also continue to collaborate with schools and charity groups to provide students with progressive sports experience, and foster the connection between sports and the community."

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department is considering opening its sports facilities for free.

This would be on special festive occasions in the year where themed sports days would be held for public participation.

Hong Kong chief executive John Lee stated that self-test fitness machines would be set up at sports centres and smart fitness equipment would be introduced to outdoor recreation venues.

"This will allow users to store or retrieve data of their physical activities and access information on sports and health via mobile applications," Lee said, as reported by The Standard.

"In addition, we will encourage and assist community organisations to arrange various sports activities and competitions."