Hopes rest on judoka in Taiwan
JUDO officials are keeping their fingers crossed that Taiwan-based university student Wu Ching-hui can earn a place in next year's Atlanta Olympic Games line-up on the strength of her current Asian ranking.
Ching-hui is fourth on the standings but officials are quietly confident that she can earn a ticket to Atlanta in the women's under-61 kg division.
Hong Kong Judo Association vice-chairman Wong Po-kee explained that Ching-hui is virtually assured of qualifying for the Olympic Games because each country can enter only one player in each weight group.
'The top eight players at the World Championships go straight into the Olympic Games and the other qualifiers would be the top four judokas of each zone,' Wong said.
'Ching-hui is fourth in her weight category, but the three players in front of her are from China, Japan and South Korea - countries that have already won their Olympic places at the World Championships. So Ching-hui's corrected position on the Asian Zone Olympic qualifying ranking is actually number one.' Another Hong Kong judoka who still has a chance of qualifying for the Olympic Games is Chan Mei-ling.