All the rich Arabian delights I have gorged on in the past three weeks have resulted in the expansion of my waistline. The only thing to exceed my self-indulgent ways has been the weight of Hong Kong's medal success. I must confess, I'm in a sorry state. Fortunately, this is not the case where Hong Kong is concerned as they deservedly celebrate their best ever performance at an Asian Games, returning home with the highest gold medal count - six - as well as their highest medal tally, 28. When karatedo Chan Ka-man won her bronze medal this week, Hong Kong sports passed a landmark - it was the 100th Asian Games medal in 12 appearances at this quadrennial event. Table tennis has been our most successful medal sport across 12 editions of the games, providing 15 of the 100. Ever since Stephen Xavier won Hong Kong their first medal, a bronze, on their debut appearance at the Asian Games, Manila, in 1954, Hong Kong athletes have done themselves proud. And proving there is equality in local sports, the 100 medals have been shared almost equally - 49 to the men, 50 to the women and one mixed. From Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, Olympic head, to chef de mission Vivien Fung Lau Chiang-chu, Hong Kong officials have been grinning delightedly as the medals kept coming, even though Hong Kong's achievements pale in the light of China's medal gluttony. The mainland athletes won more gold medals alone this time, than all of Hong Kong's medals combined in Asian Games history. But never mind. You have to remember sport is a national obsession in China - especially the 28 Olympic sports - whereas the Hong Kong government's laissez faire approach to anything sporty is nothing but frustrating. But despite bureaucratic apathy, Hong Kong athletes have continued to excel on the Asian Games stage. In recent times, they have surpassed all expectations. At the 1998 Games in Bangkok, Hong Kong won 17 medals overall, including five golds. In Pusan 2002 the count was 21 and four golds. This past fortnight has been the best ever. When you consider that a country like Indonesia, with a population of 217 million people, can only win two golds, then what Hong Kong has achieved is remarkable. The best morsel was provided by home-grown badminton star Yip Pui-yin, who won a silver medal in the women's singles. She defeated Chinese ace Zhang Ning, the reigning world number one and Olympic champion, in a sensational semi-final, on her way to meeting Hong Kong ace Wang Chen in the gold medal final. That was probably the best moment for Hong Kong. Like windsurfing heroine Lee Lai-shan before her, Yip proved the myth that Hong Kong teenagers can't grow up to be world-beaters is a fallacy. Sculler Lee Ka-man, who won silver, was another success story. Their triumphs prove Hong Kong do not have to always rely on imported talent from China to win medals and distinction on the international scene. A simple home-cooked meal can be as nourishing as any international gourmet delight. But having done themselves proud, there is no room for complacency. Hong Kong have only got to look at Singapore, their traditional rivals, to realise that much needs to be done. Singapore finished ahead of Hong Kong for the second successive Asian Games with 27 medals, including eight gold medals. Five came in sailing. The Singaporeans invited a coach from Australia to run their sailing programme and they have benefited hugely, taking Japan and China by surprise. With Hong Kong to host the 2009 East Asian Games, there is no time to rest on the laurels they bring home from Doha. A lot of hard work remains to be done, if we are to stay in pursuit of being lean, mean and hungry. I keep reminding myself about this as I look at my girth. Number of the Day: 15 Hong Kong's ranking among the 45 countries taking part at these games.