Table tennis stars Ko and Li expected to scoop two of the main prizes Tonight's the night for the SAR's leading athletes to bask in the limelight and enjoy a glittering Oscars-style ceremony in recognition of their outstanding achievements over the past year in the Hong Kong Sports Stars Awards. Organised by the Hong Kong Sports Federation and Olympic Committee and supported by the government and the commercial sector, the ceremony will acknowledge athletes in six categories at the grand hall of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The main event of the night will be the announcement of the eight top stars in the individual category. There is no overall winner but the top eight will have been whittled down from dozens of candidates. The other categories will be contested in the junior, team only sport, team event, potential and sportsmanship. Organisers have introduced a team only sport category, which should not be confused with the team event category. Team only sport is defined as a sport with no individual event category and in which success depends on the interaction and inter-dependence of the whole team during the competition. Team events are defined as the different forms of combination in an individual sport, for example, doubles or relay. Organisers decided to increase the number of winners in the individual category from six to eight, mainly as a result of the SAR's outstanding success in both the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games in Athens last year. So it goes without saying that the bulk of winners tonight will be the athletes who achieved success in Athens. It is also interesting to note that Hong Kong's table tennis heroes, Ko Lai-chak and Li Ching, who won the silver medal in the men's doubles in Athens, are competing individually in the awards and not as a team. But the pair is certain to scoop two of the eight main awards after winning a rare Olympic medal for Hong Kong in Athens. Also expected to do well in the same category for senior athletes is windsurfing heroine Lee Lai-shan, who narrowly failed to add a bronze in Athens to the gold she won in Atlanta in 1996, finishing fourth in the women's Mistral. Badminton queen Wang Chen, who took joint fifth place in the women's singles in Greece, should also be recognised. Wheelchair fencer Alison Yu Chui-yee is almost certainly going to get the nod in the main award - her first senior award after winning the junior award for two straight years, after her golden success in Athens, where she captured four gold medals in the team and individual foil and epee events. Yu helped the SAR's haul of 11 gold, seven silver and one bronze medal in Athens become Hong Kong's best effort since the Paralympic Games in 1972. Male sculler Law Hiu-fung is also favoured to scoop one of the main awards after his performance in Greece, where he finished in 18th place in his event and firmly established himself as one of Asia's top rowers. National goalkeeper Fan Chun-yip is a contender after his exploits on the soccer pitch. But some of Hong Kong's leading athletes, like cyclist Wong Kam-po, are likely to miss out on the award. That's despite Wong's ground-breaking silver medal in the track World Cup in Manchester last April. Wong's performance in Athens, where he finished 20th and last among the field in the 40-kilometre points race just days after failing to finish the men's individual road race, will probably prove insufficient to ensure selection to the top eight.