Bow-tied Financial Secretary Sir Donald Tsang Yum-kuen admitted in an interview with this newspaper last Sunday that he is a sentimental man who is not ashamed to cry. The dapper civil servant said he cried when Hong Kong's windsurfing queen San San won gold at the Atlanta Olympics. 'I was really touched by that,' said Sir Donald. 'I cry quite a lot, almost always at funerals.' Nice to know that the man who slices up Hong Kong's financial pie is a tender, caring person. But Hong Kong sport failed to find these attributes yesterday when Sir Donald presented his third Hong Kong budget - having been ignored. It did not receive a mention, leave alone financial backing. Indeed there was a funereal air surrounding Hong Kong sport yesterday, members of whose fraternity would have been doing the crying. San San raises a lot of emotions in a lot of different people. Only the other day Sports Development Board (SDB) chairman John Hung admitted to an illustrious gathering of sports leaders and government officials, including Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, that he had rooted for her all the way recently. Hung related how he had taken a firm stand while on holiday in New Zealand when he saw San San on television performing at the Sail Auckland competition. 'Despite a number of big New Zealanders being present, cheering on some girl called Barbara Kendall, I was rooting for San San,' said Hung. 'And despite my wife being a New Zealander, she too was rooting for you,' added Hung, looking at San San who was one of the guests of honour at the SDB-organised New Year's reception. Hung has proven that San San can not only evoke tears, but cheers too. Taking a stand is easy for Hung. But standing around is another matter. The urbane Wheelock boss had trouble staying on his feet at the New Year's reception at the Hong Kong Convention Centre. Soon after his revealing speech, Hung was eager to get off the stage, but had to hang around for a champagne toast. After that came a seven-minute video highlighting Hong Kong athletes' golden moments at international events. But Hung could not take that standing. While everyone else, including Tung stood, Hung was seen sitting down. He was not breaking ranks or etiquette, the story is that he recently suffered a mild stroke in the shower and fell down. He was thus taking it easy and not sitting down on the job. Off the Post wishes Hung a speedy recovery and trusts he will continue battling for Hong Kong sport. John Molloy, chairman of the rugby section at the Hong Kong Football Club, says that it is a good thing that Club were beaten by arch-rivals Valley on Saturday. The 23-8 defeat was their first loss to Valley this season. 'It will bring us down to earth,' said Molloy. 'It would have been quite extraordinary if Club had beaten Valley five times this season.' We assume Molloy knows something the rest of us do not. Because, the fifth time the two sides will meet will be on March 7 in the Grand Final to decide who will be crowned 1997-98 League champions. That is providing Club beat Kowloon this Saturday to earn the right to meet Valley.