Developers may be given land to build about 3,000 flats that will initially serve as an athletes' village if the bid for the 2006 Asian Games is successful. The idea is one of two options the Government says it will consider to accommodate about 11,000 athletes and officials for the event. In a paper to legislators, officials said the accommodation would be necessary even after taking into account that athletes might be staying over different periods. 'For this, we estimate a requirement of about 3,000 housing units.' The Home Affairs Bureau said the alternative was to make use of Housing Authority flats for a Games village. The Government would ensure 'as far as possible that there would be no impact on the waiting time for housing applicants'. 'Both of these options have land and cost implications, either in direct compensation or revenue foregone, and require further consideration before we can come to a firm decision on the optimum solution,' the bureau said. The Government announced after a special Exco meeting on Saturday that Hong Kong would bid for the event. In the Legco paper, the bureau quoted a consultancy report by Sydney-based Bligh Voller Nield Sport as saying that Hong Kong was capable of mounting the 'best Asian Games ever', provided a number of facilities were upgraded, either permanently or temporarily, before 2006. The Government has said it does not intend to construct any new sports venues solely for the purpose of hosting the 2006 Asian Games. The bureau maintained the Games would be a 'very substantial and worthwhile project, and will offer local and international market opportunities'. But it noted: 'We do not expect to make a net financial or economic return on the project.' The bureau said it would rely partly on volunteers and sports groups to run individual events, but the Government would take the lead role to ensure the quality of the Games.