THE next two days could well decide the destiny of the 2000 Olympic Games. Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the International Olympic Committee, arrives in Shanghai this afternoon and leaves for Beijing tomorrow. And in the hours he is in Shanghai, China's campaign to bring the turn-of-the-century Olympics to Beijing will reach fever pitch. Time is running out for the six bidding cities to win support for the IOC vote in Monte Carlo on September 23, and China, through the East Asian Games, will put on a show fit for a king. Such is the impact and the implications of the modern-day Olympic Games, however, that Samaranch has considerably more power than a king. China, having proved its organisational capabilities by staging the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing and its athletic prowess by winning 54 medals, including 16 gold, at the Barcelona Olympics, really had no need to put on these first East Asian Games. But their efforts in trying to persuade the IOC that they are ready and willing to stage the Olympics know no bounds. In today's opening ceremony, China will attempt to upstage Barcelona in terms of colour, pageantry and sheer numbers in creating a spectacle of ''unity, friendship and progress''. No matter how or where the money was raised to put on the East Asian Games, they are here and they are happening, and Samaranch is sure to leave Shanghai drenched in Olympic spirit. With the vote only four months away, what the IOC delegates witness in Shanghai cannot fail to have an influence on the destiny of the 2000 Games. The picture of health POOR old Chan Ping-on couldn't make it to Lebanon for the World Cup qualifiers with Hongkong because he is still recovering from a broken left arm - but he has made it to the East Asian Games. A large colour photograph of the South China sweeper is included in the official welcome brochure of the Games' organising committee, even though Hongkong have not entered the football tournament. But the Caroliners' captain would not be too bothered about keeping the brochure as a souvenir . . . the picture shows a Shanghai winger skipping around his sliding tackle. One more bike is just one too many HONGKONG triathlete Don Bozarth ran into a spot of trouble on his way to Shanghai - the authorities wouldn't let his racing bicycle go with him. Don, in Shanghai to assist Andrew Sams in TVB's coverage of the East Asian Games, collected his neatly packaged cycle with the rest of his luggage and was making his way towards the airport exit. ''The Games officials greeted us with a smile and just let us right on through,'' said Don, who has made a remarkable recovery from a road accident in Hongkong a year ago. ''But then the security people stepped in and refused to let me take the bike. They said I had to leave it there and collect it on my way out. ''I couldn't believe it. There are about 13 million cyclists in Shanghai so I didn't think one more would make much difference.'' After putting on a united front and refusing to leave the airport without Don's bike, the TVB team were eventually allowed to pass through . . . and Don is now happily settled into his daily routine of a 4 am ride, followed by a run. But the triathlete still has one problem. ''I just can't find a hotel that will give me a two-week membership of their swimming pool,'' he said. Catcher in the sky THE film Alive, with its theme of cannibalism following a plane crash, is hardly the one to see just a couple of days before taking a flight. But the thought of having to tuck in to fellow passengers should the worst come to the worst disappeared when the Dragonair captain introduced himself . . . Kai Tak cricketer Alan Burge. Having seen him take some pretty smart catches in recent seasons, particularly one for Infidels against Templars in a KCC derby, I knew the passengers were in safe hands. And being the good sport he is, Alan even allowed one lucky passenger, who shall remain nameless, to fulfil his childhood dream by joining the captain in the cockpit as the plane came in to land in Shanghai. It was marvellous!