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"M" Mark status awarded to FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix - HK 2015 presented by Watsons

The following is issued on behalf of the Major Sports Events Committee:

     The Major Sports Events Committee (MSEC) has awarded "M" Mark status to the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix - HK 2015 presented by Watsons, to be held from July 16 to 18.

     The Chairman of the MSEC, Mr William Ko, said today (July 13) that the event, like all "M" Mark events, will add colour and vibrancy to Hong Kong and help attract more visitors.

     "'M' Mark events showcase Hong Kong's capability to host world-class events and reinforce its position as the events capital of Asia," Mr Ko said.

     "'M' Mark events also help generate economic benefits for Hong Kong by attracting tourists. They also instil a sustainable sporting culture in the community, and help foster a sense of pride and social cohesion," he added.

     The "M" Mark System has been in operation since 2004 to help local national sports associations (NSAs) organise more major sports events and nurture them into sustainable undertakings. Sports events meeting the assessment criteria will be granted "M" Mark status by the MSEC. Funding support will also be provided to some of the event organisers.

     The number of recognised "M" Mark events has increased from four in 2004 to 13 in 2014. So far, around $88 million has been approved to support recognised "M" Mark events.

     To mark the 10th anniversary of the "M" Mark System, the MSEC has launched the "M" Mark Sports Event Awards to recognise NSAs and event sponsors for staging "M" Mark events in 2014. The FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix - HK 2014 presented by Watsons has been awarded the Most Outstanding "M" Mark Event of the Year. For other winning entries, you may refer to the "M" Mark events website at

     "M" Mark applications for smartphone users are also available for downloading from iTunes as well as Google Play for getting more information regarding "M" Mark events.

Ends/Monday, July 13, 2015
Issued at HKT 11:02


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