Dec 12, 2009

Hong Kong FDC on "Hong Kong 2009 East Asian Games"

First Day Cover
Sobrescrito de 1.º Dia

Hong Kong

Hong Kong 2009 East Asian Games

Date of Issue : 5 December 2009

This set of stamps is issued to celebrate the 5th East Asian Games held in Hong Kong from 5 to 13 December 2009. The event marks an exciting milestone in our sports history, as it is the first time Hong Kong has had the honour to host a regional multi-sport contest of this scale.

The set of six stamps contains two designs for each of the three denominations, featuring all the 22 sports in the 5th East Asian Games, namely, Judo, Rowing and Rugby Sevens ($1.40); Athletics, Badminton, Wushu and Shooting ($1.40); Basketball, Hockey, Squash and Aquatics ($2.40); Cycling, Weightlifting and Tennis ($2.40); Windsurfing, Football, Bowling and Taekwondo ($3); Table Tennis, Volleyball, DanceSport and Cue Sports ($3). The silhouettes in gold, silver and bronze foil represent the three levels of medals awarded, bringing out the spirit of competition that motivates athletes to go for their best.

At the end, Hong Kong get a total of 26 gold medals in this East Asian Games, including football. Unimaginable!

As the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong 2009 East Asian Games took place at Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza,Tsimshatsui, I posted my FDC at Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office (TST). The postmarks are very clear. Its a pity that the postman tore away the red local registered mail label during delivery, so you can only see half of the datestamp postmark at the 0.50 bird definitive stamp.

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