Five top athletes in Hong Kong have been offered places at local tertiary institutes under a sports scholarship scheme. Swimmers Katie Lau Wing- sum and Billy Kwok Sze-wai, basketball player Yung Kam-wah, and horse rider Leung Jark-cheung were admitted to the University of Hong Kong, while the Chinese University offered another place to soccer player Yeung Tat-mo. Amy Chan, Athletes Affairs Manager of the Hong Kong Sports Development Board (SDB), was delighted to see sports figures doing well in the academic field. 'Athletes have sacrificed a lot for their sporting success. The time they spend in the sporting field is now being considered as important as the results they obtain from examinations. 'This sends an important message to parents - if their children can do well in the sporting field, they have a better chance of entering universities,' she said. Katherine Wan, Assistant Registrar of the University of Hong Kong, said they offered sports scholarships in order to provide more chances to elite athletes. 'We have also consid ered their (athletes') sporting achievements so that we can have more flexibility in allowing them to pursue their own choice,' she said. Lau will take the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery course while both Yung and Leung will pursue Business Administration. A conditional offer in Architecture Studies has been made to Kwok as the university is awaiting his final GCSE results from England. Soccer player Yeung, a former scholarship athlete at the Sports Institute, has been enrolled in the Faculty of Sports Science and Physical Education at the Chinese University, following recommendations made by the Athlete Affairs Department of the SDB. Lau was a member of Hong Kong's swimming squad which won a silver medal in the women's 400 metres relay at the 1994 Asian Games and is still one of the best competitors in sprint events. Kwok was the Best Junior Swimmer of the Year in 1992 and 1993 and holds five long- and short-course records. He has represented Hong Kong in major international events, including the Asian Games, Asian Championships, and World Cup (short courses). Yung is Hong Kong's best point shooter and was a member of the local basketball team Regal that won the Asian Club Championships last year. A member of the national squad, he has also played in the professional league in Taiwan. Horse rider Leung is one of Hong Kong's medal hopes at the Asian Games to be held in Bangkok later this year. He has taken part in various competitions at international level. Leung was a member of Hong Kong's under-16 soccer team that won a silver medal at the 12 Lion City Club competition in Singapore in 1995.