It is on record. For the first time, senior local Asian Games officials came out and said that they expect Hong Kong - who will send a 285-strong contingent to participate in 28 sports in Bangkok - to get their best-ever result at the quadrennial event in December. 'We will do better than what we did in Hiroshima. The public will get value for money,' said Amateur Sports Federation and Olympic Committee (ASF & OC) vice-president Con Conway yesterday. Conway was echoing the words of ASF & OC president Timothy Fok, who yesterday revealed that Hong Kong would send 266 athletes and officials plus 18 staffers from the governing body to the Bangkok Games from December 6-20. To achieve a better result than Hiroshima, the venue of the last Asian Games in 1994, Hong Kong's athletes have to win more than five silver and seven bronze medals. That is a feat which, according to the pundits, is well within reach of Hong Kong. Earlier this week, a senior Sports Development Board (SDB) official told Sports Post that he expected Hong Kong to win three gold medals. If Hong Kong achieve that, Fok, Conway and the ASF & OC, will feel justified in sending their biggest-ever squad to the Asian Games. But last night, soon after the number of athletes to Bangkok had been decided upon, the ASF & OC hit out at the SDB for what they termed as interference. 'We are grateful to the SDB for providing the funding for the Games. But they must realise that it is not their job to say how many gold medals they expect Hong Kong to win,' said Conway. 'That is putting needless pressure on the Hong Kong athletes. The SDB must realise that they are simply a funding body and we are aware that the funds come from them. But they have no right to say that they expect so many gold medals,' said Conway. Fok added: 'The athletes have been training for the past four years and I know that we have a good team who will give the best value for money . . . we won't be disgraced.' The cost of sending the Asian Games squad to Bangkok will come to a little over HK$4.4 million. Most of this sum will come from the SDB, which recently upped the subsidy from $3 million to $4 million.