Carrying our flag

Carrying our flag

A volleyball star will step up for the opening ceremony

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At 1.89 metres, Daniel Siu is a towering presence both on and off the volleyball court.
At 1.89 metres, Daniel Siu is a towering presence both on and off the volleyball court.
Photo: Kevin Kung
Daniel Siu Cheong-hung, captain of the Hong Kong boys' volleyball team, has his hands full in Baotou, Inner Mongolia.

In addition to leading the team, which is seen as a medal hopeful, he will be the flag bearer for Hong Kong at the opening ceremony of the 11th All China Secondary Schools Students' Games tomorrow night.

At major international sporting events, each country or region selects an iconic or well-known athlete to represent the team by carrying its flag during a march around the venue with other delegations' representatives. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it was Yao Ming who had honour of representing China.

Daniel had a very successful season during the 2010/11 school year. He also has a towering presence with his height of 1.89 metres.

Although Daniel has not had a chance to practice yet, he is excited about his new role. "It is a great honour for me. I have never done this before. I will enjoy the time at the opening ceremony," he said.

Right now the player is recovering from a shoulder injury.

"It has become a bit worse since I arrived in Baotou," he said.

"I need to consult a physiotherapist every day to do the taping before matches and receive treatment afterwards."

He believes his team can still advance to the quarter-finals despite losing their first game against Jiangsu 1-3.

The opening ceremony will be held at 8pm at the Baotou Olympic Sports Centre.

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