Hong Kong's 50-odd National Sports Associations (NSAs) are exempt from adding 'China' to their official titles. Con Conway, vice-president of the Amateur Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (ASF & OC), said NSAs were not obliged to change their names under an agreement signed by International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch and ASF & OC chief A. de O. Sales. Sales and Samaranch on Thursday issued a five-point statement which finally defined Hong Kong's sporting characteristics under Chinese sovereignty. The main point said: 'In accordance with the Basic Law, it is required to add the Country 'China' to the Region 'Hong Kong' in the designation of the Olympic Committee.' Said Conway: 'The agreement [between Samaranch and Sales], after talks with Beijing and the IOC, is basically Hong Kong sport's de facto document for the future at the highest levels. 'It requires the Olympic Committee to become the 'Amateur Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China'. 'It is utterly silent on national associations, who do not need to change their names. 'There is no requirement at all for NSAs to change their names.' He said the ASF & OC, as the umbrella organisation, was the only body required to incorporate 'China' into its name and therefore represents Hong Kong sport as a whole. If any NSAs had any concerns on this issue, they could contact the ASF & OC and get clarification, added Conway. The NSAs exemption from adding the name 'China' is a huge boost to Hong Kong's credibility as an independent sporting entity. A name change would require going through a potentially risky bureaucratic process within the respective international federations. World governing bodies would also probably prefer Hong Kong NSAs to remain unchanged. All Hong Kong teams, however, will now fly the Special Administrative Region flag at international events while the Chinese National Anthem will be playing during flag-raising and victory ceremonies. Hong Kong athletes at the major Games will also wear the new emblem of the ASF & OC, which features a bauhinia, the five Olympic rings and the Chinese characters of Hong Kong and China.