A GROUP OF teenage athletes on a Hong Kong Sports Development Board (SDB) scholarship scheme were praised for their good A-level results last week. Some 70 per cent of the 13 SDB athletes who took the exam this year gained the minimum requirements for university entry, while there was a 90 per cent overall pass rate. The results proved that young people in Hong Kong were perfectly capable of balancing sport and study, said Dr Chung Pak-kwong, director of elite training and sports development at the SDB. 'They only have limited time for studying and most do it after long hours of intensive training,' said Chung. 'I hope local universities and tertiary institutions will note this, and adopt a more flexible credit system, extend the duration of their studies, and assist them in their quest for sporting excellence,' he added. Cyclist Chiu Siu-jun, 19, said perseverance was the key to achievement. 'We are always under pressure at competitions and in school examinations, but if we persist, we can tackle it and do well,' said Siu-jin. Siu-jin, who began regular training nine years ago, is a member of the Hong Kong junior cycling squad.