It might be a boost for cross-strait relations, but Taiwan Beer, the only brew available in the media village, is not exactly premium stuff. Yet, beggars cannot be choosers and the cans of beer in the dining hall disappear as soon as the freezers are stocked. The world's media are an indiscriminating lot, and thirsty too. How we wish for a pint of Tsingtao and not this swill. But money talks and we are forced to drink the stuff, as the Taiwanese company is apparently the beer sponsor. So last night, the Hong Kong media raised a glass to Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, the president of the Hong Kong Olympic Committee, and his son Kenneth, who have figured prominently in local newspapers for different reasons. The elder Fok has been the toast of the town for his family's involvement in developing Nansha, a former sleepy fishing village, into a modern coastal city. Timothy's father, the late Henry Fok, hailed from this area, and he never forgot his roots, pumping in billions of dollars to transform Nansha, which is ideally situated at the centre of the Pearl River Delta, into a commercial hub with extensive road, rail and ferry links to Hong Kong and other mainland cities After the opening ceremony on Friday night, International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge accompanied Timothy Fok to declare open an Olympic Square in Nansha. Fok used the opportunity to raise awareness of Hong Kong's bid for the 2023 Asian Games and told newspapers: 'Organising such a large-scale sports event always arouses public interest and participation in sports activities, bringing about substantial benefits to health and quality of living.' This is a line we have heard often. But said in the company of Jacques Rogge, it will carry even more weight. The IOC president is fully aware of Hong Kong's intentions and, while he will have to remain neutral, we are certain he would look kindly on a bid, even though the world governing body has no say in which city is chosen. Yet the more the word is spread around influential people like Rogge, the better. He was in Hong Kong last December for the East Asian Games and saw how the city staged a successful, albeit smaller, version of these Games. Fok's belief that hosting the 2023 Games would 'boost civic pride as well as enhance sports facilities for elite athletes and the public' would have gone down well with Rogge, like a cold beer in front of a journalist. Apart from being the head of the local Olympic Committee, Fok is also vice-president of the Olympic Council of Asia and is a member of the IOC. He mixes with the movers and shakers. It is time to use those connections in lobbying for Hong Kong's bid. And he is doing that. But all will be in vain if Fok doesn't put his own house in order and convince the Hong Kong public, most of whom are against bringing the 2023 Games to town, that this is a good move. Money is at the root of this evil. The Hong Kong government spent about HK$130 million on the venues for the East Asian Games, mostly to refurbish ageing structures like Queen Elizabeth Stadium and Victoria Park. Only two new facilities were built. Compare that with what the Guangzhou provincial government has spent, a staggering 122 billion yuan, (HK$142 billion) most of which went on providing transport infrastructure, including a new underground metro system. However much Fok spreads the word among the world sporting fraternity, a bid for 2023 will ultimately depend on the Hong Kong government's resolve. This seems shaky at best, going on last week's move to cut down the Games' projected budget. There can be no half measures. If Hong Kong is going for it, then we will have to spend money. Two decades ago, Fok senior decided he would give back something to his hometown and spent a fortune to transform Nansha. Now the city is a thriving commercial centre. This is the sort of committed approach we need from the government, one which can transform Hong Kong into a true world city using the 2023 Asian Games as the fulcrum for progress. While Fok was grabbing the headlines with his hopes for the 2023 bid, son Kenneth made news for his relationship with diving queen Guo Jingjing. Guo is taking a break and is not part of these Games. But she, too, was in the limelight with Kenneth being called the 'Diving Queen's king'. Both father and son are doing their bit to boost Hong Kong's profile. Let's hope everyone can be convinced a 2023 bid is the way to go. Otherwise, we can all drown our sorrows, but hopefully not in Taiwan Beer.