Promising better value for money, Andrew Ma, the chief executive of the Sports Development Board (SDB) unveiled a new streamlined organisational structure for Hong Kong sport yesterday. From April 1, sport in the SAR moves into a one-stop shop. Funding, sports development and promotion, and elite training programmes will all come under the SDB. The SDB will not only be the financial disbursment arm of the government, it will also be accountable for sporting excellence. This latter task was formerly handled by the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) - as far as the 12 elite sports were concerned - which has now been absorbed by the SDB. The HKSI will cease to exist as an organisation in 10 days time. It will become a facility known as the 'Sports Institute' where the SDB will be headquartered. The buck stops at the SDB. And there was plenty of it around yesterday - $283 million to be exact. This is the amount to be spent in the first SAR sports budget. Most of this money will be spent on two core functions: sports development and promotion ($125 million) and elite training programme ($105 million). The 1998-99 budget comes from five major sources, including a $192 million government subsidy and a $42 million facilities and operational income. 'We are entering a new era. We will have a one entity approach on funding allocation and there won't be any duplication. The associations will be our clients and we will run this whole structure like a company and not a bureaucracy,' said Ma. The new structure will be run from Sha Tin by Ma with four deputies under him - a director of elite training, director of sports development (Ip Hay-wood), director of corporate management (Patrick Ho) and director of marketing and communication (Grace Lee). The director of elite training has still not been appointed. A number of persons have been shortlisted for this crucial job, including Dennis Whitby, the executive director of the soon-to-be-defunct HKSI, Chris Perry, head rowing coach and HKSI technical services director, Martin Lam. The responsibility of the director of elite training will include the 12 Focus Sports, which yesterday received $83.76 million in support. Whitby who outlined what the new structure will look like said it would be more efficient as the director of elite training will solely be responsible for the Focus Sports only, something that he could not do under the previous format as he had to also look after the administration of the HKSI. 'There will be greater efficiency and it will be a big step forward. The other advantage of this system will be that focus will also be placed on developing feeder systems so that we can ensure a supply of athletes into the elite programme,' said Whitby. 'In this way, we can plan 10-12 years ahead instead of working only two years ahead as we mostly do now,' added Whitby. The 12 Focus Sports which will come under the director of elite training are badminton (which received $9.39 m), cycling ($6.01 m), fencing ($6.31 m), gymnastics ($5.54 m), rowing ($8.07 m), squash ($8.43 m), swimming ($9.85 m), table tennis ($7.81 m), track and field ($4.54 m), triathlon ($4.97 m), windsurfing ($8.44 m) and wushu ($4.4 m). Support given to non-Focus Sports, (also known as the development sports), and ranging from archery to yachting, will be $31.62 million. The Amateur Sports Federation and Olympic Committee will receive $960,000 in the next 12 months. In addition, a sum of $4.5 million has been budgeted for Hong Kong's participation in the Asian Games to be held in Bangkok in December and the Far East and South Pacific Games to be held in January 1999. This year's government subsidy amounted to 68 per cent of the total sum. 'Last year we got $105 million from the government. The increase this year is over $87 million, which mainly goes to the elite sports. We are delighted that the government is funding the training programme of these sports,' said Ma. Ma said that besides the government subsidy, the SDB will also apply for $20 million from the Arts and Sports Development Fund set up by the government.