Hong Kong took a big step closer to getting its own permanent museum of the Olympic Games when the Jockey Club secured authorisation to hold Olympics-themed exhibitions yesterday. The Jockey Club signed a co-operation agreement with the International Olympic Committee in Beijing yesterday. The club said the agreement, signed by chairman John Chan Cho-chak and International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge, would help pave the way for the development of a Hong Kong Olympics museum. The club also donated US$1 million to the International Olympic Committee Museum under another agreement signed yesterday. Mr Chan had said the club was negotiating with the government about the location and size of a permanent museum of the Olympic Games last November when an equestrian pavilion was opened at Penfold Park in Sha Tin. Meanwhile, the Beijing Hong Kong Jockey Club clubhouse opened last night. The club said its first physical premises in the capital was built in Wangfujing district in a style that blends the design of traditional courtyard structures in the Ming and Qing dynasties and contemporary architectural concepts. Featuring the biggest ballroom in a private clubhouse in the capital with a capacity for 280 people, the 38,000-square-metre building contains restaurants, a bar and lounges, a gymnasium, an executive business centre and 90 guest rooms. Officials at the opening ceremony included Wang Wei , executive vice-president of the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games; Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen; Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, president of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong; and Chen Zuoer, a Standing Committee member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference who has just stepped down as executive deputy director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office.