Speeches were also delivered by Ms Florence Hui Hiu Fai and Mr Karl C. Kwok. Thereafter, Hong Kong national team member, Wu Siu Hong and Milki Ng took the oath on behalf of all competitors while head referee, Leung Yuet Ming took the oath on behalf of the tournament officials.
The guests of honour together with Sheikh Talal, Mr Karl C. Kwok, Ms Florence Hui, Dr Haywood Cheung and other distinguished guests were all invited to perform the traditional dotting of the lions' eyes and the tying the "Good Luck" ribbons to mark the official opening.
Mr Karl C. Kwok then declared the championships official opened as the drums rolled to start the lion dance. At the end of the dance, the lions displayed several best wishes banners to wish all participants the best of luck in their quest to win honours for their countries.
The guests, government officials, representatives of sponsors and federations, team officials and players were subsequently invited to a welcome reception, hosted by HKTBC at the Ballroom of Regal Hongkong Hotel.
Twenty-four countries and territories comprising of 135 men, 65 women and 79 team officials from Australia, China, DPR Korea, Egypt, Guam, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and host, Hong Kong.
Teams will compete in Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team of Five, All Events and Masters. There will be a three-hour live broadcast of the Women's and Men's Masters Stepladder finals on Hong Kong NOW TV (Now Sport Station) from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm on Wednesday, September 28.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.