Hong Kong will put in a bid to host the Asian Games if the Executive Council endorses the plan at a rare special meeting today. An announcement is expected to be made before tonight, when sports chief and legislator Timothy Fok Tsun-ting flies to Kuwait for an Olympic Council of Asia meeting that will discuss the issue. Mr Fok said he was prepared to submit a bid for the 2006 Asian Games if he had government support. A government source said only $200 million would be needed to upgrade facilities. He said sports grounds and other facilities were large and advanced. Only minor renovation and construction, such as temporary stands, bigger changing rooms and extra lighting would be needed. Even if the Government built three new sports venues, the cost would be only $2 billion, and would not be much of a burden to the treasury, the source said. Under the plan, a housing estate would be built in the New Territories for the estimated 6,000 athletes. The Government has not decided whether private developers would be involved. News of the special Exco meeting followed mounting pressure for the Government to make a decision. Exco had been due to discuss the plan at Tuesday's meeting, but the item was withdrawn from the agenda at the last minute, reportedly because of disagreements at a senior level. Since then, officials have repeatedly said the issue was 'under evaluation'. Special Exco meetings are rare - the most recent was in May during the right-of-abode controversy when the decision to seek Beijing's intervention was approved. It is understood that until Wednesday night, Mr Fok, president of the Hong Kong Sports Federation and Olympic Committee, had received no positive signs from the Government. Yesterday, Mr Fok said he was worried the Government's hesitation might affect international confidence in Hong Kong's determination to host the Games. Mr Fok said he was prepared to submit Hong Kong's bid. 'I've already been warmed up for a long time, and I'm just waiting for the coach to give me confidence and let me play,' he said. Executive Councillor Tam Yiu-chung said he would support the bid if it did not cost too much. 'We should consider whether it will bring economic benefits to Hong Kong and raise Hong Kong's international status. 'It will be difficult for the Government to support it in nominal terms only. It should at least plough some resources into it,' he said. National People's Congress Standing Committee member Tsang Hin-chi said he supported the bid. He said cities in a worse situation than Hong Kong had staged the Games in previous years. Chief Secretary for Administration Anson Chan Fang On-sang will visit Olympic facilities in Sydney on Tuesday as part of an official trip to Australia. Sports chiefs first announced their interest in June in hosting the Games and the Legislative Council approved a motion that month backing the bid. The only other city known to have expressed an interest in the 2006 Games is Kuala Lumpur. Hong Kong won a record 17 medals - five gold, six silver and six bronze - in the previous Asian Games, held in Bangkok last year. Pusan, South Korea is hosting the 2002 Games.