'We need all the support we can get - more money, more facilities' Olympic chief Timothy Fok Tsun-ting has called for increased support from the government for sport after Hong Kong's record medal haul at the games. While reminding Hong Kong's 'successful' band of athletes not to lose any time and start gearing for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Fok said it was paramount that more money and facilities were provided by the government. 'We need all the support we can get - more money, more facilities. Sport is just not about winning medals and it is not only about taking part in two weeks of competition. Sport is all about the well-being of society,' said Fok, president of the Hong Kong Sports Federation and Olympic Committee. 'We have had a very successful games and I'm very happy. We'll go home satisfied, but the athletes must not relax. The most important part is coming up - the Beijing Olympics - and they must start preparing right away.' The curtain fell on the 15th Asian Games last night. And among those celebrating were a joyous Hong Kong contingent who will return home having won a record haul of 28 medals - including a high of six golds, 12 silvers and 10 bronzes. 'We had one of the largest teams at these games and the most important aspect is that most of them are young athletes. They can only get better,' Fok said. He hopes the Home Affairs Bureau, which funds sport, recognises Hong Kong's best finish in Asian Games history - especially with Hong Kong to host the 2009 East Asian Games. 'Our athletes have a lot of passion, as they have shown over the past fortnight. They now need all the support they can from their parents, the community and the government at large,' Fok said. He pointed to Qatar as a glowing example of a city where the government had given priority to sport. While he acknowledged that Hong Kong had other priorities, he hoped sport would come to enjoy a more prominent role in society. 'They [Qatar] have put on a fabulous show. No expense has been spared. The organisation and the facilities have been superb. But I'm a man with modest ambitions. For us, hosting the East Asian Games is a start. I want to have a party in 2009 and I hope I get all the support I need,' said Fok, who is also a representative from the sports, performing arts, culture and publication functional constituency in the Legislative Council. He half-admitted that Hong Kong would have a hard act to follow at the East Asian Games, even though this multi-sport event will be on a far smaller scale. 'I thought Macau had a huge budget on their hands when they hosted the East Asian Games last year. That was nothing to what Qatar has put into hosting these games,' said Fok. The budget for the Doha Games was US$2.8 billion.