The death of a Hong Kong fireman while abseiling in Malaysia last week during a TV action adventure race has prompted organisers to postpone the Hong Kong leg of the event Hong Kong was to have been the next venue for the National Geographic Action Asia Challenge 2002-2003 on December 8. But Adventure Marketing Limited, event founder and organiser, said last night the Hong Kong Challenge had been postponed. No new date was announced. Poon Fu-hing, 39, died on Wednesday, 10 days after he fell 10 metres down a cliff face in Taiping while taking part in the 35km Malaysian Challenge on October 13. His body was flown home on Thursday by his widow. The father of a two-year-old girl, Poon was abseiling down the cliff with two Hong Kong teammates. Poon's group was one of 53 three-man teams that joined the one-day endurance race that included mountain biking, kayaking, jungle trekking, abseiling, river rock scrambling, orienteering and swimming. Robert Campbell, of Adventure Marketing, said Poon's death was being investigated. 'This is our priority, and we felt it inappropriate at this time to go ahead with the Hong Kong Challenge as planned,' Mr Campbell said. The race continued despite the accident, with a combined Macau/Hong Kong team emerging the winner in five hours, 23 minutes and 47 seconds. The team comprised engineer Pedro Ribeiro, 29, commercial pilot Gary Mandy, 31, and engineer Daniel Brown, 31. The adventure series is jointly conducted by Action Asia magazine and National Geographic Channel Asia, which broadcasts the series of one-day region-wide races in a documentary show. More than 3,000 competitors have taken part in Ten Action Asia Challenge events since the series began in 1998.