Competitors urged to be prepared We're ready - now you're responsible for Hong Kong's Olympic success. That was the blunt message yesterday to riders planning to attend the Olympics at Beas River from the Hong Kong Equestrian Company's (HKEC) CEO Lam Woon-kwong. 'So long as the riders adopt a responsible attitude and take responsible measures, the success of the equestrian event will be assured. As an organisation, we have done what we can,' said Lam after a crunch progress report meeting with his 2008 Olympic bosses in Beijing yesterday. 'What is a responsible attitude?' he added. 'Riders need to go through [relevant] training to make sure they are prepared and are able to make adjustments to the weather,' he said. 'They also have to prepare their horses according to international guidelines. 'They have to train their horses to adjust to the hot weather.' Lam was seeking to erase any last-minute doubts in competitors' minds that Hong Kong's humid August weather could pose a health threat to riders and their animals. Several international riders have expressed health and safety fears and a small number have threatened not to attend the equestrian events. The International Equestrian Federation [FEI] and International Olympic Committee advisers called a special seminar earlier this year with top veterinary experts to discuss the metrological affects on riders and their horses and what the HKEC had done to ensure safety for all. Lam said: 'The seminar learnt that the horses performed well during the 2007 test event because we had arranged top-class facilities on top of the best veterinary support. 'Yes, Hong Kong will have hot and humid weather but the competition can go on smoothly so long as the riders adopt responsibility.' Mainland visitors during the period of the Games were expected to make up a large proportion of the spectators, he predicted. Earlier, Lam had told chiefs of Games organiser Bocog the HK$850 million high-tech competition venue - mainly funded by the Jockey Club and which includes cooling mist tents, top equine and human health care and heavy security - was ready to impress. He also reiterated to Bocog the heaps of praise poured on the venue from sporting dignitaries, including IOC president Jacques Rogge, and FEI president Haya Bint Hussein, some of whom have described the facilities as 'perfect' and 'way ahead of other Games'. Lam said the course would serve as a commercially viable equestrian centre for Hong Kong, the mainland, and the rest of Asia.