BEIJING – Athens Olympic champion and former world 110 metres record holder Liu Xiang will lead a star-studded Chinese team in the 5th East Asian Games in Hong Kong, official told the media on Tuesday.

“China will send a 589-member delegation to enter all 235 events of 22 sports at the East Asian Games,” Wu Qi, deputy head of the Chinese delegation, told a press briefing.

“Of the 405 athletes, 19 are Olympic gold medalists,” he added.

Around 2,300 athletes from nine countries and regions will be competing in the December 5-13 Games, the largest international multi-sport event ever held in Hong Kong.

Held every four years, the East Asian Games is a major sport event in Asia. The first East Asian Games was held in Shanghai in 1993, followed by Busan in 1997, Osaka in 2001 and Macao in 2005.

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