Earlier this month, The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club played host to Sports Recruitment International's (SRI) first Hong Kong based Round Table Discussion.
The discussion was lead by Ian McMahon, General Manager of the HKRFU. A former professional footballer, Ian has been a successful CEO, President and General Manager of clubs and rights holders in both Europe (Professional Football and Rugby) and the USA (Soccer). The starting point of the discussion was the success and impact, driven undoubtedly by the popularity of the Hong Kong Sevens that Rugby has had in the region.
With representatives from motorsports, mixed martial arts, football, basketball, sailing, sports marketing and media agencies, the Hong Kong government and sporting goods brands, the discussion was lively and opinions mixed. What was clear were the core challenges at the heart of Hong Kong's sports industry: the need for facilities, the need for sustainable grassroots activity and how to attract world class events.
This was part of SRI's series of lunchtime discussions around the Asian region. They are an opportunity for professionals from the sports industry to network and debate key issues in sport. Planning is underway for our first discussion event in China early 2012. A successful Round Table Discussion was held in Singapore in September, led by the CEO of the Singapore Sports Council, Lim Teck Yin.