IT has all the elements of a true sporting event - the teamwork, the competition, the tension and the final arbitration - but this Olympic race promises to have long-term repercussions in Hongkong and the rest of the world. One-hundred days from today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) votes on the host city for the 2000 Olympics. And Hongkong's sporting community will be crossing its fingers that Beijing will get the nod from the IOC's 90 voting members, ahead of Berlin, Brasilia, Istanbul, Manchester and Sydney. A vice-president of Hongkong's Amateur Sports Federation and Olympic Committee (ASF & OC), Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, said the September 23 meeting in Monte Carlo could be one of the most important events for the future of sport in the territory. ''If Beijing wins the vote, then it will be one of the best things that has happened to Hongkong sport for many years. This whole region will become a huge focus for world sport.'' The president of the Hongkong Table Tennis Association, Tony Yue Kok-leung, agreed: ''To have any major tournament in Asia is good for Hongkong, but the Olympic Games are the biggest - and if they come to China it will be very exciting indeed. ''It will be inspiring for us to see Chinese people organising such a huge event, and could make Hongkong people feel it is worth working really hard to compete.'' An ASF & OC vice-president and president of the Hongkong Hockey Association, Con Conway, said he was confident that, under the terms of the IOC voting system, Beijing had the best chance of winning the Monte Carlo vote. ''China has the support of most of the Asian countries, while the votes for the other cities will probably be split,'' he said. But he said the local Olympic body had no plans to organise any public events in support of the Beijing bid. The critical show of solidarity was made in February when AFC & OC president Mr A. de O. Sales announced Hongkong was 100 per cent behind Beijing. Mr Fok said although the next 100 days would be critical for the competing cities, ''the real action for Hongkong will start on September 24, if Beijing gets the Games''. ''A lot of sports leaders will start to come through Hongkong, and more local sportsmen and women will dedicate themselves to competing in the Olympics,'' he said. Hongkong would also benefit from the improvement in communications in China, and local businesses could also bid to help build the huge infrastructure needed to support the Games. Basketball players at Wan Chai's Southorn Stadium took time out from shooting hoops last night to pledge their support for Beijing's bid to stage the 2000 Olympics. Rallying behind the Beijing 2000 flag, the players enthusiastically reeled off reasons why the first Olympiad of the new millennium should be held in the Chinese capital. ''China has the most people in the world and Beijing is becoming an increasingly modern city and deserves the Olympics and in my opinion will be chosen to stage them,'' said Wallace Yip Man-wai. ''Whether we live in Beijing or here, we are all Chinese and in the year 2000 will share the same government. ''So of course Hongkong people want the Games to come to China, where they would be a great success.'' A fellow member of the Hard Steel social basketball team, William Leung King-man, echoed his team-mate's sentiments. ''Having the Olympics in Beijing will make China a better place. With the world watching, China will have to improve its human rights record and give the people more freedom, which will be fantastic. ''I can't imagine I'll have the money to go, but I'll be watching on television and I think China will win more medals than in Barcelona last year when Chinese athletes did really well.'' Spokesman for the Beijing 2000 Olympic Games Bid Committee, Wu Zhongyuan, said he was confident the Games would be granted to China. ''We are supported by both our government and our people,'' he said. ''But there is still a lot of work to do.'' Activities in the run up to the September voting session include organising marathon races in Beijing and inviting IOC members to inspect facilties. The Sydney bid committee is committed to spending the next 100 days reinforcing its major theme - the suitability of the facilities for the athletes themselves. International media relations manager for the bid commitee, Hamish Fraser, said: ''We are now reinforcing our view that Sydney offers the athletes the environment, the climate and the temperature for optimum performance.'' Mr Fraser said the Australian team's final initiatives would relate to the environment, but would not be revealed until August or September.