For sports fans, the past few years have provided an unexpected number of memorable events. In addition to the annual Rugby Sevens tournament, Hong Kong staged a leg of rugby's Bledisloe Cup between Australia and New Zealand. The Hong Kong soccer teams have had unexpected success, resulting in record crowds. Chinese Olympians have exhibited their skills here, and it was good to see all our sporting facilities being used for actual sport, and not as entertainment venues, during the East Asian Games. The government must now decide how best to capitalise on that interest to benefit the community. The obvious first step would be to enhance access to sporting facilities for the ordinary sports enthusiast. Instead, earlier this month, the government announced the composition of the Asian Games Provisional Bid Committee to assess how Hong Kong might bid for the 2023 Games. We all love sport, but one hopes this does not become an opportunity for another vanity project, given the government's talent for seeing construction of infrastructure as the answer to anything ranging from congestion to unemployment. Government-friendly lawmakers argue the bid will further local sports development, but it is difficult to see the logic behind this. Whether the Asian Games is held here or not, local athletes will have a chance to compete in them. It would be absurd to suggest Chinese athletes are less motivated to perform when the event is outside of China. It is even more difficult to see how the ordinary sports enthusiast can benefit. Despite all the recent spectacles, it is still just as hard, if not more difficult, to book a public sporting facility. The value in sport is more than revenue and the generation of jobs. Apart from the obvious health benefits, team sports develop team spirit and leadership skills, while individual sports develop self-discipline and mental toughness. Hong Kong can play host to any number of great sporting events, but if the facilities to play sport are still the privilege of those in luxury residential complexes and exclusive clubs, it will be hard to see how local sport has developed.