Members of the Hong Kong gymnastic team break off their performance at Queen Elizabeth Stadium to protest against the demolition of the Challenge Gymnasium at the Hong Kong Sports Institute in Sha Tin. Gymnasts could find it difficult to qualify for international competition if Hong Kong's only gymnasium with an adequate safety pit was torn down, and there was no replacement, a concern group said. The Save Hong Kong Gymnastics Alliance yesterday presented more than 2,000 signatures and dozens of letters at government headquarters calling for the demolition to be postponed. Group spokesman Stephen Lee Chi-kong said the government had promised in writing that the facility could remain open until a new one was built. But the Sports Development Board informed the group on May 20 that the gymnasium would be closed on June 30 and demolished. A new gymnasium in Shun Tin Estate is not due for completion until the end of next year. 'Members from the Hong Kong gymnastics team all perform sophisticated movements,' Mr Lee said. 'Without a safe [foam] pit, their daily drill will become impossible. 'There will be a gap of 11/2 years [before the new gymnasium is built], during which they may be forced to stop practising. They may even not qualify to participate in forthcoming games like the Southeast Asian Games [in 2005], and the Asian Games [in 2006].' The board could not be reached for comment yesterday.