A total of 146 nominations have been received for the coveted Hong Kong Sports Stars Awards next month. A group of nominees gathered at Olympic House in Causeway Bay last week to remind the public to vote for them online before the end of this month. The 2005 awards ceremony will be held on February 28 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. The annual 'sporting Oscars' honours Hong Kong athletes in six categories, and offers total prize money of $456,000. Sports chief Timothy Fok Tsun-ting encouraged the public to show their support. 'The number of nominations reflects the athletes' efforts and their outstanding achievements in the National Games, East Asian Games, and the first Asian Indoor Games [AIG]. I hope many people will vote,' said Fok, the president of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC). Athletes were nominated by the national sports association to which they are affiliated. A total of 29 associations submitted names for the awards. The nominees' profiles have been posted on the SF&OC website. The public can vote online ( www.hkolympic.org ) and their choice can help decide the winners of four of the six categories that make up the prestigious awards. People can have their say in the senior, junior, team only (volleyball, basketball or football for example) and team event (doubles or relays) categories. The online contribution will comprise 20 per cent of the total votes. A panel of judges will account for 60 per cent, while the remaining 20 per cent is decided by sports reporters. Teenage 200-metre sprinter Tang Yik-chun is expected to get a lot of votes and win a first-ever honour in the senior category. Tang clinched a bronze medal in the 200m race at the National Games last October. Swimmer Sze Hang-yu is also a front-runner, having won seven gold medals, three silver and a bronze at the AIG in Bangkok. Steven Wong, who won a gold medal in the BMX event at the National Games, has been nominated in the junior category. Teenage tennis talent Venise Chan Wing-yau will be hoping to claim honours in the junior and team event sections. The SAR's Junior Federation Cup team has been nominated for the latter category. The team qualified for the finals in Barcelona, and placed 11th out of 16 teams.