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Passed Away of Hon Arnaldo de Oliveira SALES, GBM, JP, Permanent Honorary President of the HKASA
Mar 07, 2020 at 11:11 PM

It is with a heavy heart to advise that the HKASA Founding President, the Honourable Arnaldo de Oliveira SALES, GBM, JP, peacefully pass away on 6 March, 2020.  Mr. Sales has  been the driving force of the Association for so many years and it is with his grand vision of promoting aquatics sports that leads to the success of the Association today.

With the leadership of Mr. SALES, the founder of HKASA,  we took part for the first time in the Olympic Games in Helsinki 1952 with four swimmers. He promoted and developed aquatic sports, including Swimming, Waterpolo, Diving, Artistic Swimming, Open Water Swimming and Masters Swimming, raised the standard of the sports and nurtured elite athletes.

Mr. SALES was the Chairman of Commonwealth Games Federation in 1990 for 4 years and was one the founder of Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China.  He was not only dedicated in promoting swimming in Hong Kong but also endeavor in spreading the Olympic Spirit and Olympism in Asia.

The Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association (HKASA) is deeply saddened by the loss and express our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association
7 March 2020