Sha Tin racecourse, Penfold Park, the Sports Institute, Beas River and Hong Kong Golf Club to undergo a transformation Facelifts are to be given to five venues in Hong Kong to prepare them to host the 2008 Olympic equestrian events. The work will be carried out at Sha Tin racecourse, Penfold Park, the Hong Kong Sports Institute, Beas River Country Club and Hong Kong Golf Club at Fanling, with the Jockey Club laying out $800 million for the transformation. But Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Ho Chi-ping said yesterday this was only part of the effort needed to make the events a success. He said the government would also have to do a great deal of promotion and education work to build up the Olympic spirit, in the hope of matching the atmosphere in Beijing during the Games. He also pledged that sportspeople displaced by use of the Sports Institute as a venue would not be neglected. Sha Tin racecourse, Penfold Park and the nearby institute will be turned into the venues for the dressage and showjumping competitions. Seating will be provided for 20,000 spectators, along with 13 training areas, including an indoor air-conditioned hall in the institute's indoor volleyball courts. The Jockey Club will provide 310 air-conditioned stables - 240 of them newly built - for horses to cope with Hong Kong's summer heat. The Equine Hospital at the racecourse would also provide high-quality veterinary and laboratory services - one of the reasons Hong Kong was awarded the events. A 6.5km cross-country course will be built at Fanling, a 20-minute drive from Sha Tin, at the club's Beas River Country Club and the Hong Kong Golf Club. More than 470 elite sportspeople will have to move from their training ground at the sports institute to the YMCA Wu Kwai Sha Youth Village in Ma On Shan at the end of next year. This will be renovated as a temporary headquarters for them until the end of 2008. More like a summer campsite than a sports training centre, the youth village will require renovations to some of its facilities, including the athletics ground, tennis courts and swimming pool. A separate fitness training centre will also be built at basketball courts in the village, which will also provide accommodation and physiotherapy facilities. The athletes will also have the use of the Ma On Shan Sports Ground and Cornwall Street Squash and Table Tennis Centre, for which shuttle bus services will be provided. The government has also guaranteed that the sports institute will be restored to its original, or better, condition at the Jockey Club's expense. However, no guarantees were given that the upgraded institute would be of the same size, with the Jockey Club pushing to keep some of the space after 2008, particularly the stables, to be built on the institute's golf course and two soccer pitches. 'We might lose some land,' the institute's new chairman, Eric Li Ka-cheung, said. 'But if other facilities are upgraded and returned into a better state, then it would still be good for the whole institute.' The youth village would also become a better equipped summer campsite as the sports facilities built there would be kept as a gift to the YMCA. Dr Ho said he understood the concerns of those who would have to cope with the move while training for the Olympics. 'We'll use any means in order to solve their problems and provide the best training for them.'