Hong Kong sports associations intending to compete in September's All-China Games in Shanghai may be risking their future independence, according to the National Olympic Committee (NOC). An official of the Amateur Sports Federation and Olympic Committee (ASF&OC), who wished to remain anonymous, said the governing body would not sanction a Hong Kong team for the Games. He said sports could only be represented by their respective associations, rather than a Hong Kong national team. He was reacting to comments made by chief executive-designate Tung Chee-hwa, who threw his support behind Hong Kong competing in the All-China Games on a visit to Sports House. 'As the federation recognised by the International Olympic Committee, we cannot sanction the All-China Games unless it was an open event in which other countries were also taking part. They can only go as associations, not as Hong Kong,' said the official. 'We will not interfere, but can only give advice. Our advice is for associations to consult with their international federations and also to compare their sporting standards with that of China. 'We understand each province have their own selection standards while Hong Kong do not. The last thing they want is to go there and be totally humiliated.' The Hong Kong Football Association has said its participation in the All-China Games would not affect its post-handover autonomy after guarantees from Sepp Blatter, general secretary of world governing body, FIFA. The ASF&OC's move to distance itself from the All-China Games is a way of showing the international community Hong Kong remains a separate NOC and is not under the supervision of the Chinese Olympic Committee. However, it fears if a Hong Kong association competes in the All-China Games, other countries would accuse the territory of abusing the autonomy granted by the IOC.