The team fighting to secure the Asian Games says the November schedule for events puts Hong Kong in a better position than its rivals, as the cool and dry autumn weather will be ideal for athletes. The bid will be formally submitted to the National Olympic Council of Asia this week in a comprehensive document detailing the SAR's strengths in hosting the event in 2006. Council delegates will visit the SAR next month. Hong Kong is believed to be the last of the four bidding cities to be seen in the assessment tour. An Asian Games Bid Committee source said this arrangement might increase the SAR's chances. 'By the time they have finished the tour, they might already have forgotten the other three,' the source said. One of Hong Kong's weaknesses is thought to be the lack of a venue for the opening and closing ceremonies. The council requires a 70,000-seat arena, but the biggest in the SAR is the 40,000-seat Hong Kong Stadium. The Government is understood to be considering expanding the stadium's capacity with temporary seats. Alternatives such as the race-courses are also being considered. 'We think the council will not focus on one weakness but forget about our other strengths. I'm sure they will weigh everything carefully and make a balanced decision,' the source said. Despite growing concerns over worsening air quality, officials believe bad air will not drive away the international spectacle. Sources said there would be six years to clean up the air, adding high pollution was only a problem in crowded areas. In a five-minute tape presented to the Olympic Council of Asia in Brazil last month, the Government highlighted the SAR's strength in transport, accommodation, telecommunications and venues and other advantages such as Disneyland and the Cyber-Port. Another advantage will be the weather in November. The temperature range of 19 to 24 degrees Celsius and the prevailing winds are ideal for water sports and other events. One source described the weather in Kuala Lumpur as constantly wet and humid with rainstorms almost daily. Officials said Malaysia, the strongest contender, was focusing on its experience in hosting the Commonwealth Games in 1998, whereas the SAR's strategy was more forward-looking. The other competing cities are New Delhi and Doha, Qatar.