Timothy Fok Tsun-ting surveys Victoria Park. He doesn't like what he sees: the artificial Chinese pagodas and other structures amid the greenery. 'Would you go there to relax or play sport?' he asks. No? Neither would he. 'It's just another example of bad design of a sporting facility,' contends the Legislative Councillor who represents arts, sports and culture. His vision is broader. Dig up the lot, he urges. Go deep. Create a huge underground car park and build a new multi-level sporting facility on top of the 17-hectare expanse, with a landscaped park crowning that. He would like the work of young Hong Kong sculptors and potters to be on show amid the flowering shrubs. 'What we have to overcome is a basic lack of imagination in design,' he says. 'If we look at this sen- sibly, we can overcome the difficulties imposed by lack of space and other constraints. We have to be creative. We need to use new, original ideas.' He is not talking about simply throwing huge amounts of money at sport and hoping we win gold medals at the Olympic Games. It is about intelligent planning of resources, making the most of what we have, designing modern facilities that offer many sports in one arena. The Government spends $2 billion a year on sport. So where does it all go? 'Every dollar has to make an impact,' Mr Fok says. 'We've got to get away from rule by committee and see some imagination and excitement in sports administration.' And it's not just about winning games, either. People should remember that above all, sports should be fun. If Mr Fok was competing in an athletics event, it should be the triathlon. He wears three major sporting hats. He talks for sport in Legco, heads the local chapter of the Olympics Committee (following the long reign of Arnaldo de Oliviera Sales) and is president of the Hong Kong Football Association. He's also a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. He has some engaging views on sport. He grew up adoring football; how could he not love the game when his father, Henry Fok Ying-tung, was an ardent player and for years was president of the FA? ('Dad's 74 years old and still plays a 90-minute game.') But he doesn't love Hong Kong's newest game. Politics is too demanding, too divisive for him. 'I'm a facilitator,' he claims. 'I like getting things done. I'm not too good up in front of a crowd, shouting and arguing. I'm not really a politician. I think of being a politician like being a sports team coach - you want to win.' But more important than winning debating points is winning a new lifestyle for Hong Kong. 'We need to make a mental adjustment,' he argues. 'For years before 1997, we were the focus of world attention. That's over. The world has moved on, its attention is elsewhere. So we need new strategies.' One strategy should be to inspire the young people of the new Hong Kong, he says, to give them role models. Who better than sporting heroes? 'Hong Kong people love sports idols. But one problem is that sporting figures here do not make millions. When cycling champion Wong Kam-po came back victorious from events overseas, he couldn't rest on his laurels. He had to work to make a living. Champions in Hong Kong still have to find a job.' And keen sportsmen and women have to find somewhere to play. Of about 500 high schools in Hong Kong, fewer than 10 have grass football fields. The next generation of home-grown sporting heroes has to reach for the skies on concrete basketball pitches squeezed into corners all round the city. 'Everyone knows the problem,' he says. 'We can't have football fields alongside every school in Mongkok. And we can't hope to be world basketball champions unless suddenly every youngster shooting a hoop in Shamshuipo grows up to be 6ft 7ins [two metres]. What we need to do is excel at the sports we are good at.' That includes football, of course. Mr Fok is concerned with making Hong Kong a more liveable city. That includes not just facilities for people to play tennis and golf, but the entire quality of life. Part of this vision of improvement is based on his business acumen; if international business perceives Singapore as a great place to play as well as work, it could well switch regional offices away from Hong Kong. As part of that focus on a good quality of life, he worries about pollution and the environment. When he built the first golf course on the mainland in 1983, when Arnold Palmer designed a course for him at the hot springs in Zhongshan, he made sure the greens and bunkers did not include agricultural land. Similarly, arts and culture need to be promoted, to boost an image of the new Hong Kong, one attractive to tourists and businessmen. 'We have to move on,' he says of tourism. 'We're stuck in a 1960s image of dotting the eyes of a dragon and other tired old cliches. We've got to re-invent ourselves. Our cultural policies need new exposure.' If there is one single game Hong Kong people follow and support, it is soccer. It is played on pocket handkerchief plots in the New Territories and street corners in the housing estates. More people watch it on television than any other sport. 'Sports can unify and rally the people,' he says, noting how France's World Cup victory pulled the nation together. 'It can help us create our new SAR identity. Sports unites. Politics divides.'