THE Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) are to hold internal talks about their partnership with the Football Association aimed at preparing for the 2000 Olympics. Speaking at yesterday's Coca-Cola/HKSI soccer scholarship scheme press conference, the HKSI director Dr Dennis Whitby said talks would be held later this month in order to define the Institute's role in the scheme. 'We have to be aware of our role in the partnership programme,' said Whitby. The scheme was set up last month but, within three weeks, the FA had rejected the original agreement. Both the FA and HKSI agreed to send an equal number of representatives to the management committee - including a team manager, an adviser, two supervisors and two coaches - of the under-19 national team who are preparing for the 2000 Olympics and the Asian Youth Championship early next year. There would also be a board comprising five members - three from the FA and two from the HKSI. However, the FA council rejected the agreement and decided to take over control of the squad - leaving the HKSI to supply only coaches. 'We don't want to control the national youth team, but certainly the management committee of the HKSI would like to respond to the HKFA's decision,' said Whitby, who refused to state whether or not the FA's decision would jeopardise the HKSI's participation in the programme. HKSI head coach Kwok Ka-ming said the under-19 national youth squad, who have already started training for the Asian Youth Championship, should train more. 'The HKFA suggested the squad train twice a week which I think is not enough,' said Kwok. 'We reckon the players should train at least five times a week if we want good results.' The first tournament for the young players will be November's China Olympic League in Wuhan, China, where they will compete with 13 mainland Chinese youth sides. Meanwhile, Whitby said the HKSI's commitment to soccer would not necessarily be a long-term one. 'Our partnership excellence programme is based on accountability. A number of sports at the HKSI are under pressure to get results. 'We are looking for the HKFA's co-operation and we will review the worth of keeping our soccer section next April. 'We may not be looking for solid results but we would like to see the attitude and commitment of our soccer players improving.'