Territory safe as numbers fall
By NAZVI CAREEM
SPORTS supremo A. de O. Sales gave assurrances yesterday that Hong Kong's squad for the Asian Games will not suffer from further cuts following concern by Hiroshima organisers that the Games are over-subscribed.
Organisers of October's Asian Games in Hiroshima said they would discuss with the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) how to cut the number of participating athletes and officials.
Hironoshin Furuhashi, president of the Hiroshima Asian Games Organising Committee, said it was necessary to adjust the number of participants in the games, as the number of entrants exceeded the originally planned ceiling of 7,300 by over 1,000.
''We will quickly study ways (to cut participants) and timings, and we would like to cope with the issue through consultation with the OCA, and by gaining the understanding of participating countries,'' Furuhashi said in a statement.
But Sales said: ''The problem is that so many teams are padded up that it requires cuts.
''Hong Kong are sending a small team anyway so will not be affected.'' The organising committee announced that all but one of the 43 OCA members had submitted entries, bringing the total number of participating athletes and officials to 8,346.
North Korea failed to meet a July 4 deadline for entering athletes for individual events at the games, which are scheduled for October 2-16.