The deadline for the next i.SPORT Web design competition has been extended to January 7 due to the large number of entries and to allow schools more time to enter. The annual competition, organised by Computer Today and e-Campus-Today magazines, requires students to use information technology such as digital photography or graphic design software to design a Web site that identifies and promotes the 'spirit of sport' in young people. The original deadline was set for today, but Maverick Luk Chee-chung, a spokesman for the organisers, said interest from schools meant a new date had to be set. 'So many schools want to participate this year and many with multiple teams,' said Mr Luk. He attributed the unexpected enthusiasm to a Young Post report published in October along with an extensive advertising campaign. More than 300 applications have already been received for the competition. Only 60 teams competed last year. This year's theme aims to demonstrate how sport can help people survive tough times. 'The majority of the applications we have received so far are from primary school teams, about 70 per cent, with the rest from secondary schools and the university and public sector,' Mr Luk said. Three students from Ma Tau Chung Primary School, who won in their category in this year's i.SPORT competition, hope to do the same next year. 'There are a lot more teams competing, so we know it's going to be harder to win this time,' said Henry Chow Ho-cheung, 11. Ho-cheung and his teammates Joseph Leung Ching, 12, and Eric Hung Yui-chi, 11, have a good chance of success as they have access to the latest software and state-of-the-art facilities in their school's new IT learning centre. Their idea for the 2002 project is already being developed, but the exact details are top secret. 'We will use Flash software, add some games and make it more interactive than the last one,' said Ho-cheung. Details about the competition can be found on the Web site where you can also vote for your favourite sports star.