SIR JOHN BOND: Thank you for joining us today for this press conference. Let me start by making some introductions. My name is John Bond. I work for HSBC. By contrast, the person sitting next to me, Tiger Woods, needs no introduction. At the top table are Mr. Zhang Xiaoning, the executive vice president of the China Golf Association; the director of multi ball center of the State Sports Administration, the deputy director of the Shanghai Administration of Sport; deputy director of Shanghai district government; and the president of Shanghai Sheshan International Golf Club. We've invited you to mark the inaugural HSBC Champions Tournament, which we hope will become Asia's most significant golf championship.
We've chosen to site this tournament in China and Shanghai for several reasons, partly because of our history, HSBC was founded in Hong Kong and Shanghai in 1865, and we've been here ever since. We are not investing in golf in China simply because of our history. China is a country with an amazing future. With it's rapid growth and increasing prosperity, we expect it to be a vibrant and growing golf market for years to come.
We hope that the HSBC Champions Tournament will play a significant part in the development of golf in China by bringing the world's best golfers to Shanghai to play alongside the winners from the Asian and other tours, plus China's own talented young golfers.