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Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Has Little League Roots

Donald Tsang, Chief Executive for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, meets with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in a recent photo. Mr. Tsang is a longtime supporter of Little League in Hong Kong.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Nov. 2, 2005) – Donald Tsang, a longtime Little League supporter, has become the Chief Executive of Hong Kong.

Mr. Tsang started the first youth baseball program in Hong Kong in 1983. He has since been a strong supporter of athletics in Hong Kong, while rising through the ranks of civil service.

“Little League congratulates Mr. Tsang on this achievement, and wishes him the very best in this important office,” Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “We are fortunate that many in civil service and public service around the world have seen Little League as a way to help children grow to become healthy, happy, and productive citizens. We trust that Hong Kong’s Little League programs will continue to grow, and to provide the valuable lessons of sportsmanship, fair play and teamwork.”

The Chief Executive of Hong Kong is the head of the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, whose powers and functions include leading the government, implementing the law, signing bills and budgets passed by the Legislative Council, deciding on government policies, nominating principal officials, and appointment of judges and holders of public office. Mr. Tsang was elected Chief Executive earlier this year.

Mr. Tsang is the son of a Hong Kong police officer. After completing his secondary education at Hong Kong’s Wah Yan College in 1964, he worked briefly as a salesman at Pfizer Corporation before joining the civil service. He later earned a Master's degree in public administration from Harvard University.

Mr. Tsang also worked on details of Hong Kong’s transfer of sovereignty from Great Britain to The People’s Republic of China. He was rewarded for his many years of service by being dubbed a Knight Commander in the Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles in 1997. He also was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal by the Hong Kong government in June 2002, the highest award in the Hong Kong Honors System.

There were 31 Little League teams in 2005 in Hong Kong, which is located in Eastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and China.

Mr. Tsang (standing in middle with blue jacket) poses with players and families of a Hong Kong team in 1983. At far right is the team’s manager, Lo Kwong Fai.