The number of athletes set to participate in next month's Hong Kong Games is almost 80 per cent higher than the number who competed in the first Games two years ago. The second Games, which will see athletes from 18 districts compete, will be held from May 9 to 31. Organising committee chairman Chau How-chen said about 2,300 amateur athletes had signed up to compete in the event, with the youngest aged 12 and the oldest over 70. During the first Games in 2007, 1,287 athletes took part in athletics, badminton, basketball and table tennis. This year, swimming and tennis have been added. Mr Chau credited the increased participation to a growing awareness in the city about the benefits of exercise and doing sport. Most of the athletes come from Eastern district, Tuen Mun and Kwai Tsing.