The Hong Kong Athletes Fund, set up in the wake of Lee Lai-shan's gold medal success at last year's Atlanta Olympics, now stands at more than $13 million. But it will be some time before ordinary athletes benefit from the fund. The Secretary for Broadcasting, Culture and Sport, Chau Tak-hay, yesterday announced a total of $5.136 million in donations to the fund had been received by the end of 1996. The Government has agreed to contribute $8 million to the fund. The eligibility criteria and the procedure for applications to the fund will be announced shortly by the Hong Kong Sports Development Board (SDB), which has agreed to manage the fund's operation. Grants from the fund will be awarded for the start of the coming academic year. Margaret Siu, SDB's sports development manager, said technicalities still had to be worked out and further details would be revealed in March. She said money in the fund would be invested and proceeds from the investment disbursed to the athletes. The fund was set up last September following San San's triumphant return from Atlanta with the women's windsurfing gold medal - the territory's first Olympic gold medal. Chau said: 'The total amount in the fund is now more than $13 million. I would like to thank all those who have donated so far, in particular, Dr Stanley Ho, Dr Wilson T. S. Wang and the Hong Kong Jockey Club, who each contributed $1 million; and Dr Albert Hung and Robert Ng who each donated $500,000.