The search is on for a replacement for Andrew Ma, who will step down as executive director of the Sports Development Board at the end of the year. Ma will retire after five years as Hong Kong's top sports official and having completed a number of tasks that included the integration of the SDB and the Sports Institute and the streamlining of the SAR sports administration system. 'I turn 60 next month and am retiring,' Ma said yesterday. 'I feel I have achieved quite a lot. It is now time to play some golf and go fishing.' It is understood Ma's successor will be headhunted. An advertisement has already been placed calling for candidates to send in their resumes for the million-dollar-a-year position, Hong Kong sport's top-paying job. The new person is most likely to be a Hong Kong Chinese, going with the trend of localisation. Ma took over from Englishman Howard Wells as chief executive of the SDB in 1995. He inherited an administration which was unwieldly and comprised two different bodies running the sports show in town - the SDB and the SI. 'I feel I have pretty much succeeded in what I wanted to do, which was to integrate sports and put in place an administrative policy and guidelines. We have moved our headquarters to Sha Tin and restructured the entire system. We have cut staff and I can truly say that today the SDB is 'lean and mean'. I believe I'm leaving the SDB in a good condition. 'The integration was not easy. I have had to make huge staff cuts. The SDB's move to Sha Tin has also resulted in a more hands-on approach on the Sports Institute operation,' added Ma. The former TDC and Sotheby's executive said one of his best achievements in the past five years was to convince the Government to hand out more money to sports. 'We are getting more funding from the Government today. Last year, the SDB received $200 million, while the elite training programme at the SI was given $60 million,' Ma said.