Hong Kong sports will be run in a more transparent, accountable and efficient framework when a new structure takes effect from next year. This was the assurance given to SAR sports officials yesterday by the Secretary for Home Affairs, David Lan. Lan listened to submissions from 21 National Sports Associations (NSA) during a Sports Federation and Olympic Committee (SF&OC) meeting at the Urban Council. 'I know they [NSAs] are very concerned about the allocation of resources and funding of them and whether the criteria for such allocation are fair. We are going to increase their representations in the Sports Development Board [SDB] and ensure that the appointed officials are professional in sports,' said Lan. 'It is not the most important move, but it is the first step for establishing the new structure.' This will ensure that the SF&OC and NSAs will have a bigger say in the SDB - the Government's funding arm for sports - and it was proposed the SF&OC be given an additional place apart from the single seat they now have. The by-law concerned, the SDB (Amendment) Bill faces final debate by legislative councillors in October. Lan added yesterday that the SDB will be solely responsible for elite sports while its responsibility for grassroots development will be given to the SF&OC and the newly formed Leisure and Cultural Services Department. On January 1, the new department will take over venues and facilities from the two municipal councils, which are to disband.