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Hundreds injured at mass marathon, CE election date announced, and more

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Marathon censorship adds oil to wounds

The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon caught headlines for reasons organisers probably did not want.

This year’s marathon, the first since the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, banned the pro-democracy slogan “Hong Kong Add Oil”. In an RTHK video (above), police were seen halting runners who donned the words on their jerseys, and some runners with the words tattooed on their skin were made to cover up (paywalled) or forfeit their spot in the race.

The mass sporting event saw 400 injuries, 20 of who were sent to the hospital, many with sprains and symptoms of overheating. In comparison, the race in 2019 saw a crowd over three times the size but only reported 15 hospitalisations.

In other sports-related news, Hong Kong swimmers celebrate their gold and silver wins at the National Games for Persons with Disabilities in Xian.

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COVID-19

New cases: 4 (imported from the Philippines and Saudi Arabia)

Hong Kong is planning to distribute seasonal flu and COVID-19 vaccinations (paywall) at the same time.


Chief Executive Election 2022

Set your calendars, the Chief Executive election is scheduled for 27 March, according to Global Times.

Other political updates:

  • Verdict for vote-buying case sends Li Wai-man the former director of an HK taxi drivers’ group to jail for a year. In the Legislative Council election of 2016, Li had a significant role in a scheme that tried to bribe votes for a pro-establishment candidate.

  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam is back in business today after an elbow fracture from a fall required her to take a few days off from work last week. Apparently, during her time off she decided that the Government House should hold another open day to view the blossoming rhododendrons.

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Events / Exhibitions etc.

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The debut solo exhibition of Spanish artist August Vilella has already begun! Be sure to check out these dark yet childlike illustrations (think Tim Burton) at JPS Gallery, open until 21 November.

Any event featuring Malaysian food can count me in. Learn more bout the upcoming Malaysia Festival here.

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Keeping Up With the Consulates

Calling all university students in Hong Kong:

Teams of up to three (this includes individuals) are encouraged to join this Hackathon, supported by the Consulate General of India in HK, taking place on 6 November.

Winners get prizes of HK$8,000 + mentorships + internships.

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