Andrew Wright will represent Hong Kong at the Asian Games despite not holding an HKSAR passport. Hong Kong Triathlon Association (HKTA) president Raymond Mak Kwai-shing said yesterday that the 22-year-old would be eligible for the games. 'According to Asian Games rules, anyone who stays in a region or country for three years or more can represent the region at the games. Andrew's case definitely falls into this category and because we have received no objection from the SF&OC [Sports Federation & Olympic Committee] we regard him as having been cleared to compete,' said Mak. Wright was born in Hong Kong of British origin, but never acquired an HKSAR passport, which had cast doubt over his eligibility. Mak said that Daniel Lee Chi-wo, Christine Bailey and Tania Mak So-ning would make up the balance of the squad to compete in Doha in December. 'In terms of the men's event, the strongest teams will be from China, Japan and Kazakhstan,' he said. The four triathletes will compete in the OSIM 2006 ITU Triathlon Asian Cup at Plover Cove in Tai Po on October 14 and 15 as part of their preparations for the games. Prize money for the Plover Cove event has been increased from HK$40,000 last year to HK$200,000 with the introduction of a title sponsor. 'The increase in prize money means we can expect more elite triathletes to compete and it enables us to promote triathlon to the community at large,' Mak said. The Asian Cup will have a variety of categories, from the standard Olympic distance triathlon to a sprint triathlon and a fun event.