STILL riding high on the success of having hosted the Commonwealth Games last year, Kuala Lumpur is packed with sporting venues and confident it can trample any Hong Kong bid. The National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil has a 100,000-seat main stadium, a swimming centre, hockey stadium and indoor arena. Kuala Lumpur has a range of other venues dedicated to sports such as squash, tennis and aquatics, in addition to what the city considers 'games-ready' multi-purpose sports centres. 'The Hong Kong committee should save themselves the agony. They haven't got a hope,' a sports source in Kuala Lumpur said yesterday. 'You name it, we've got it, and it's comparable to the best in the world.' Hong Kong, on the other hand, has a hotchpotch of venues such as the controversy-wracked Hong Kong Stadium, the Victoria Park tennis centre and the sports grounds at Happy Valley. While there are Olympic-sized pools dotted across Hong Kong, there is no concentrated aquatics centre, nor a venue that stands out as the place to host the Games' opening and closing ceremonies. And Hong Kong has never staged a sporting event on such a scale, despite watching neighbour Thailand host the Asian Games four times. Kuala Lumpur's National Sports Complex is almost as big as the stadium Sydney has built for the 2000 Olympics. It was used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games in March last year, in which 70 teams participated. The Asian Games have only 43 participating countries, but the number of events, athletes and support crew is bigger and the standards achieved in some sports are higher. The 2006 event could include between 30 and 35 sports, involving more than 10,000 athletes and officials. 'Given that we've hosted the Commonwealth Games, we're ready to hold the Asian Games even if it was next week,' another source in Kuala Lumpur said. But not everything is in place; a new athletes' village would need to be built and officials plan to construct 2,000 apartments if the bid succeeds. The Malaysian Government has pledged M$8.2 million (HK$19 million) towards the bidding committee, with an additional M$4.5 million coming from the private sector. Other contenders for the 15th Asian Games are Qatar, Syria, India and Uzbekistan.