SPORTING links between Hong Kong and Britain will be further boosted following the visit of a high-power UK delegation representing 12 sports. The British officials were brought here by the Hong Kong Tourist Association in a bid to promote the territory as the events capital of Asia following the opening of the revamped Hong Kong Stadium next month. The visitors have met their local counterparts and viewed the facilities available here, including the unfinished stadium and the Hong Kong Sports Institute. Martial arts (wushu), windsurfing and gymnastics have had tentative discussions on organising coaching seminars and also training programmes for athletes. Patrick Cheney, president of the UK Martial Arts Forum, is impressed with the Hong Kong Wushu Union set-up and feels that the local body can help the West in the development of wushu. ''I have had a very lengthy discussion with the Hong Kong officials and I'm very impressed with the structure of the wushu union,'' said Cheney, who is also president of the European confederation. ''Hong Kong are far ahead of us in organisation and education materials both for coaches and players and I hope they can help us in these directions. ''We've talked about sending administrative officials, and especially coaches, here for training and I don't mean only the British. Officials from Greece, Spain and the Netherlands asked me to make such enquiries when they knew I was coming.'' Cheney added that the next step would be to send players here for training. Hong Kong coach Liu De is one of the best teachers in nanquan, southern boxing, and among the territory's elite wushu exponents is Li Fai, gold medallist in women's cudgel and spear at last month's World Championships. However, windsurfing official Tony Dalimore and gymnastic's David Minnery find that Britain has more to offer Hong Kong in their sports. ''We sent a coach here 15 years and trained the first instructors, and we've got more experience and information we can pass on to Hong Kong,'' said Dalimore, manager of the windsurfing section of the Royal Yachting Association. ''We can certainly help in the administration and promotional areas and the people I've spoken to said they are keen to come to England to see how we administer the sport.'' Minnery, general secretary of the British Amateur Gymnastics Association, said they can help Hong Kong with the development of gymnastics for leisure and pleasure. He said: ''We can certainly help with coaching development for non-competition gymnastics where the level of performance is not as high and the coaching technique is different. ''The emphasis is on recreation and fitness and that also applies to our under-fives programme in which we get very young kids into the sport in the hope they will enjoy it and grow into top level competitors. ''We started the under-fives course in 1988 and it is too early to say whether it will produce real benefit in terms of top class gymnasts but it has helped increase the number of participants in the sport.'' Minnery was most impressed by the accommodation facilities at the HKSI after a tour of the Sha Tin complex for sporting excellence yesterday. ''I think the last English gymnastic team to come was about four years ago and we should be encouraging more of them to come,'' said Minnery. ''The accommodation at the Sports Institute makes it more worthwhile because the rooms are of a very good standard, certainly better than many hotels we use, and it is very convenient for training.'' Regarding soccer, Eddy Barry of the Northern Ireland FA said: ''Vincent (Yuen, secretary of the Hong Kong FA) took us to the match on Sunday and we quite enjoyed it. But we haven't talked on about sending teams over for exhibitions or whatever.''