MORE THAN 650 athletes and officials will gather in Hong Kong in December for the inaugural Far East and South Pacific Youth Games. The event, with participants from 15 countries including China, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan, is designed for disabled athletes in five different sports - swimming, athletics, boccia (a different version of lawn bowls), badminton and table-tennis. They will be divided into two groups, with those between 16 and 19 in Group A and those aged 12 to 15 in Group B. Each participating country can nominate one male and one female outstanding athlete for Sport Stars of the Future awards. The organising committee will sponsor the return flight ticket and entry fee for the award recipients. A total of 30 athletes will benefit from this scheme. A spokesperson for the Hong Kong Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (HKSAP), the event's main organiser, said about 60 Hong Kong athletes would take part in the competition. But she revealed none of the more prominent local athletes, including this year's Hong Kong Sports Stars Award winner So Wa-wai, will feature in the Games because of age restrictions. Meanwhile, the Standard Chartered Marathon has helped raise more than $2 million for the HKSAP to host the event, the bank announced. Preparation for the Games includes an official training and classification workshop for athletics and boccia in July and August in Hong Kong. Ma On Shan Sports Ground, Po Kong Village Road Sports Centre, Yuen Wo Road Sports Centre, Kowloon Park Swimming Pool, and Kowloon Park Sports Centre have been designated as the event's venues.