Officials have been accused of hiding possible costs that could increase the losses associated with hosting the Asian Games 2006. The Frontier legislator Cyd Ho Sau-lan made the claim two days before Legco is to vote on the spending plan. Consultants hired by the Government estimated the administration would have to pay $1.92 billion, at 2006 prices, to host the Games and a related event for the disabled. A deficit of $945 million was estimated, taking into account revenues including sponsorship, merchandising, TV rights and ticket sales. However, Ms Ho said there could be lower-than-expected revenue and hidden expenditure that might boost the deficit. 'These figures can be manipulated by the Government. The Government may need to keep the actual amount hidden for confidential reasons, but it should let us know how much we have to pay at the end in a worst-case scenario so that the public can judge.' The consultant said the Government would share revenue with the Olympic Council of Asia and a sports marketing agent appointed by the council, in the ratio of about 5:3:2. However, Ms Ho said the Government might offer to lower its share by less than 50 per cent to win the bid. A 10 per cent drop would mean a loss of nearly $200 million in revenue. The share of revenue enjoyed by the Thai Government, which hosted the 1998 Asian Games, is unknown. Another area of hidden expenditure was the subsidies offered to the athletes and officials, she said. According to government figures, the average travel cost per athlete or official would be $9,250. The subsidy for air travel to athletes and officials is estimated to be $12 million. About 11,000 athletes will be participating. 'The Government may offer more subsidies to the athletes in order to win the bid,' Ms Ho said. She said the Government had already omitted two items in calculating the expenditure - the $350 million land premium to be forgone in granting development rights for building the athletes' village and salary costs of $343 million in redeploying civil servants to help in the Games. The Finance Committee will vote on the plan tomorrow. The council will send a team to all bidding cities for a final round of inspections in July. The bid will be voted on by the 43 council member countries in November in South Korea.