Who needs universal suffrage when we have Bayern Munich? Thank you Hong Kong SAR government for bringing the giants of German soccer to us. And, most importantly, on a day like today I would be remiss if I did not send a big hug to Hong Kong's daddy. Yes, thank you Beijing for keeping it real around here and ensuring that the best and the brightest are dictating the patriotic course for Hong Kong in the near future. Now, there may be a chorus of negativity clamouring that you folks in Beijing are terminally insecure and because of that you have populated the government of Hong Kong with a plethora of mainland sycophants whose number one skill is not their ability to do their designated job but their ability to ingratiate themselves with the powers that be in Chinese government. But, you know what, there will be no talk of that today because I firmly believe that just as everybody is Irish on St Patrick's Day, so too everybody should be Chinese on July 1, the Special Administrative Region Establishment Day. And no need to wait until National Day on October 1 to show your love for Beijing because today is the much ballyhooed 10th anniversary of reunification. So sing along with me: Grey skies are gonna clear up, put on a happy face. Brush off the clouds and cheer up, put on a happy face. And spread sunshine all over the place, just put on a happy face! I doubt there will be many people today who will have a happier face than Tsang Tak-sing, the man who is suddenly the number one sports official in Hong Kong. A long-time Beijing loyalist, Tsang was pro-China well before it became chic. His anti-British sentiments saw him imprisoned for distributing 'inflammatory leaflets' during the 1967 riots. This man has an enviable thread of consistency. We know who and what he is. Despite his colleagues' penchant for expensive French vintages, the patriotic Tsang drinks only mao tai, Chinese rice wine. And unlike virtually everybody else in Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's new cabinet, like Henry, Frederick, Matthew, York and Ambrose, he has no Western name. He's not Fred, Bill, Napoleon or Horatio, but simply Tsang. And I like that, I really do. The man is comfortable in his own skin. Still, his appointment as the new Secretary for Home Affairs has a number of people concerned that he will favour pro-Beijing groups over pan-democrats. But come on people, let's be realistic here. Do you really think that Donald Tsang gets the chief executive's job unless he appoints a number of mainland loyalists to his cabinet? As Secretary for Home Affairs, Tsang Tak-sing inherits a diverse portfolio. Among the policies he will be in charge of are human rights, civic education, gambling policy, youth policy, access to information, cultural arts and heritage conservation and last, but hopefully not least, policies on recreation and sport. Unfortunately, under Tsang's predecessor at Home Affairs, Patrick Ho Chi-ping, sports was last on the priority scale. But unlike the portly Ho, Tsang is said to be an avid athlete who looks like he could actually walk to the supermarket without collapsing. This is certainly good news for sporting enthusiasts here and one would hope that someone like Tsang, who sources say comes to the cabinet at the direct suggestion of Beijing, will have the ear of the chief executive. We have talked for so long about implementing a lasting and significant sports culture in Hong Kong, but it seems to no avail. Not to be negative on a glorious day like today, but the opportunity for kids to get involved in recreational pursuits has been hindered by a lack of proper facilities and foresight. With his intimate knowledge and contacts in the mainland, surely our new Home Affairs secretary has seen first hand how sports can be used as a source of nationalistic pride. In the span of a little more than 20 years, China has become a world sporting power. No doubt, we can look forward to another patriotic parade of the mainland's Olympic champions in Hong Kong after the 2008 Beijing Olympics. While our new Home Affairs secretary's aversion to western political influence is well documented, I am not sure how he feels about the influence of western sporting culture. But with Bayern Munich in town today and English Premier League sides Liverpool, Fulham and Portsmouth due later in the month as well as Spanish super club Barcelona in August, I would assume Tsang's predecessor at the Home Affairs Bureau had no problem with it. Still, it would seem like the new guy has a patriotic responsibility to develop some sort of indigenous sporting culture in Hong Kong, if for no other reason than to avoid the clamouring for western sports teams and personalities. But Tsang is soon to be a busy man dealing not only with sports but matters of great gravity, like ensuring that the Equal Opportunities Commission actually creates equal opportunities regardless of skin colour or ancestry. He certainly strives for balance and enlightenment. 'Hong Kong is an international city,' he said. 'There should be enough tolerance and openness. I don't think we should persist in labelling to divide society.' Sounds pretty good to me, how about you? On a glorious day like today, we should listen to our leaders and ignore all the naysayers, who decry our supposedly polluted air and polluted political system. Oh yes, today is a great day to spread sunshine all over the place and put on a happy face.