Song mix-up unlikely a political move

Secretary for Culture, Sports & Tourism Kevin Yeung today said there is no evidence to suggest at this stage, that the wrong song being played at a rugby tournament was politically motivated.


Speaking to reporters, Mr Yeung explained his statement which was made during a radio programme: “What I said was based on the information and the evidence we have on hand, and also based on the explanation from the (tournament organiser) Asia Rugby and also World Rugby.”


Noting that a Police probe is still ongoing, he added that the Government cannot reach a conclusion on the incident until the results of the investigation are released.


The incident involved the playing of a song closely associated with the widespread violent protests and Hong Kong independence of 2019, when the national anthem of the People’s Republic of China should have been played at the Asia Rugby Sevens Series’ second leg final between Hong Kong and South Korea held in Incheon, South Korea on November 13.