Arnaldo de Oliveira Sales

Arnaldo Augusto de Oliveira Sales, GBM, CBE, JP, GCIH, (Chinese: 沙利士; 13 January 1920 – 6 March 2020)[1] was a Hong Kong sports figure who was chairman of the Hong Kong Olympic Academy and president of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong.[2][3]

Arnaldo de Oliveira Sales
HKUrbanCouncil.svg Chairman of Urban Council
In office
1 April 1973 – 31 March 1983
Succeeded byHilton Cheong-Leen
Personal details
Arnaldo Augusto de Oliveira Sales

(1920-01-13)13 January 1920
France Shamian French Concession, Canton
Died6 March 2020(2020-03-06) (aged 100)
 Hong Kong
Arnaldo de Oliveira Sales

He was for many years the unofficial member of the Urban Council and became its first unofficial chairman from 1973-81. He was also a member of the Hong Kong Basic Law Consultative Committee.


Sales was born in Shameen, Canton in the French concession in about 1920, where his great-great-grandfather had settled. He came to Hong Kong at the age of 8 and attended several Roman Catholic schools, including St Joseph's Branch School, La Salle College and St Joseph's Seminary, Macau. After he returned to Hong Kong, he attended a business school to prepare for joining the family business. He evacuated to Macau with other third nationals during the Second World War.

After he returned to Hong Kong, Sales married his childhood friend, Edith. He helped rehabilitate the Portuguese Club, the Club Lusitano de Hong Kong, and participated in the administration of the club and sports. He helped found the Amateur Sports Federation and Olympic Committee with other sports-conscious people in 1950, and became the Committee's president. He also joined the Junior Chamber of Commerce and was elected its world president in 1955; he traveled to more than 80 countries in that capacity.[4]

He was appointed a member of the Urban Council from 1 April 1957, and its first unofficial chairman elected by the members of the council from 1 April 1973 until 1981. He retained his Portuguese nationality. He died in Hong Kong, aged 100.


Sales received numerous honours for his public service including being made an Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), later elevated to Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), a Grand Cross of the Portuguese Order of Prince Henry (GCIH, in 1999), and the Grand Bauhinia Medal (GBM) in 1998.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Sousa, Ivo Carneiro de (2007). "Laudatio in Commendation of the Granting of the Honorary Doctorate to Arnaldo De Oliveira Sales". Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  2. ^ Bickley, Verner (29 February 2008). Bickley, Gillian (ed.). "Forward to Beijing! a Guide to the Summer Olympics". Proverse Hong Kong – via Amazon.
  3. ^ "JCI". 10 May 2007.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]


  • Urban Council, Urban Council Annual Report, 1974
Political offices
Preceded by
D. R. W. Alexander
as Director of Urban Services
Chairman of the Urban Council
Succeeded by
Hilton Cheong-Leen
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Chung Sze-yuen
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal
Hong Kong order of precedence
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal
Succeeded by
Ng Hong-mun
Recipient of the Grand Bauhinia Medal