Olympic fever! It's sweeping Hong Kong again, with the whiff that the SAR may be able to host some of the games if Beijing wins its 2008 bid. But what sports could Hong Kong realistically hope to host - apart from synchronised queuing? The Hong Kong edition of China Daily yesterday was tootling the SAR's chances on its front page. It quoted Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, Legco member and president of the Hong Kong Amateur Sports Federation and Olympic Committee, saying Hong Kong hoped to share in any Beijing event. He was already lobbying for the Government to start building a massive stadium. Bernard Fong, Mr Fok's sidekick and a spokesman for the Olympic Committee, yesterday told RTHK that the mega-stadium could be self-funding with shops, entertainment facilities, perhaps even a fairground. Despite the 40,000-seat Hong Kong Stadium lying largely empty, Mr Fong suggested building one even bigger as a 'shrine to sport'. With such a facility, he reckoned Hong Kong would be a 'perfect match' for Beijing or Shanghai. Where would such a facility be built? Naturally, it would have to go on reclaimed land, perhaps on the West Kowloon Reclamation or the large slice of harbour to be reclaimed around Kai Tak. The problem is that most people inside the Olympic movement in Hong Kong believe the chances of Hong Kong snaring football, track and field or some other major sport are nil. Beijing is hardly going to allow core sports with strong mainland fan support to come to Hong Kong. It is more likely that Hong Kong could host the yachting, which Beijing as a landlocked city would find tricky. The magnificent harbour would be just the place - if it was not for two minor problems. First, the harbour water may dissolve the boats and any competitors who fall in. Second, the harbour is shrinking because the Government keeps reclaiming it to build facilities such as, for instance, the mega-stadium. Already, it has been suggested that the yachts could be fitted with wheels and sailed up and down the second runway at Chek Lap Kok if they still haven't got the landing lights working in 2008. The other possibility for Hong Kong, sources believe, are the equestrian events. The Beas River equestrian centre near the border is considered good and could be made better, and Hong Kong's equestrian riders may yet turn out to be the surprise stars of the local team at the forthcoming Asian Games. But who watches equestrian events in Hong Kong? The only way urban Hong Kong families are going to saddle up to Beas River is if wagering is permitted. (At this point, this article was about to discuss holding the shooting events in co-operation with the mainland legal authorities. It has been removed on the ground of taste.) All this will be sorted out very quickly. Hong Kong remains a separate olympic entity from China and thus any events being staged in Hong Kong will have to be formally lodged by both committees. If this has not happened by January then the events cannot be staged here. Ironically, Hong Kong has a massive Olympic construction project. The Olympic Development property project above the Olympic MTR station has 18 residential towers, four office towers, shops and two hotels, with a floor area equal to 88 football pitches. Just a couple of the towers could be worth more than the US$1.5 billion (about HK$11.6 billion) budget of the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games in 2000. If only property development was an Olympic sport, our days of glory would be assured.