Wong Kam-po, Hong Kong's most successful athlete in Asian Games history, and Olympic boss Timothy Fok Tsun-ting teamed up yesterday to call for the city to back a bid to host the Games in 2023. The unprecedented medal count by local athletes was clear testimony from the sporting community that Hong Kong can be successful hosts said Fok, president of the Hong Kong Olympic Committee. 'The athletes have spoken,' he said. 'It is now up to the rest of the community to come together and get behind the bid to bring the 2023 Asian Games to Hong Kong.' Hong Kong has won a record eight gold medals, 14 silver and 14 bronze as of yesterday and is sixth in the medal standings. Fok hoped this success would swing public opinion behind a bid for the 19th Asiad. 'The athletes have risen to the occasion. But now we need the public's support. Having an Asian Games in Hong Kong needs the backing of the entire community and I hope they will not just look at it in terms of money and how much it will cost,' Fok said. Cycling hero Wong also spoke out at a press conference held by the Hong Kong delegation yesterday, and said he hoped everyone in the city would lend their support for such a bid. 'We should bid for the Games,' said Wong, who won his third Asian Games gold medal in the road race on Sunday. 'Having these Games in Hong Kong will not only benefit the athletes, but it will also do good for the people in many ways.' Wong added: 'I understand why some people are worried - because of the financial aspects. But I know the people of Hong Kong are behind us athletes and we the sporting community feel that it will be good for all of Hong Kong to have an Asian Games.' The government is conducting a public consultation to gauge views on whether a 2023 Asian Games bid is feasible. The deadline was pushed back six weeks and will end next Wednesday. The move is believed to have taken place to counter opposition to the Games. It is hoped that a successful medal outcome in Guangzhou would swing opinion. Fok said the presence of Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen in Guangzhou had been a huge boost to the sporting community. Tsang attended a few sporting events carrying his ever-present camera. At the rugby competition on Tuesday, Tsang was seen waving to a group of Hong Kong supporters carrying the Bauhinia flag in the stands. 'He was not a chief executive but more a fan. He was excited and jumping up and down cheering Hong Kong's athletes,' Fok said. 'He was very pleased to see Hong Kong's can-do spirit at the Games.' Fok was referring to injured cyclist Jamie Wong Wan-yiu who won a silver medal despite suffering a broken rib in a track pile-up. After the incident, she got back on her bike and rode another 40 laps to win the medal. 'The chief executive saw how committed the athletes have been at these Games and he is very proud of that. I hope this will translate into more support for Hong Kong sport in terms of resources and facilities,' Fok added. Pang Chung, the honorary secretary general of the Hong Kong Olympic committee, said one reason for Hong Kong's success was because of the support from people who travelled to Guangzhou for the Games. 'This was almost like having a home-ground advantage. Just imagine what we can achieve in 2023 if the Asian Games is held in Hong Kong,' Pang said.