CHAN Yiu-hoi was yesterday officially appointed head swimming coach of the Hong Kong Sports Institute. Chan, 42, takes over from world-renowned coach Bill Sweetenham, who has returned to Australia to prepare the national youth squad for the Sydney 200 Olympics. Chan has been a coach of the Institute's swimming department for more than a decade and has been a significant contributor to the development of Hong Kong swimming through working under two high-calibre coaches, David Haller and Sweetenham. Dr Dennis Whitby, director of the HKSI, said that Chan was the best man for the job. 'Chan Yiu-hoi has worked under two international-level coaches at the HKSI and fully deserves to have the opportunity to lead the programme forward. 'His loyalty and commitment are without question,' said Dr Whitby. 'We have had a series of fruitful meetings with the HKASA (Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association). 'These discussions have confirmed the strong working relationship that exists between us. We look forward to working closely with the HKASA in future.' Chan said he was excited with the new challenges that lie ahead. 'It is going to be challenging for me to lead the programme, especially as my two predecessors have both done a very good job. I was lucky to work under David and Bill and I've learnt a lot from them.' Chan expects some tough times ahead especially with the void to fill after some of his current squad members have indicated that they would retire after the Asian Games. However, he has still sights for the next Asian Games in Bangkok in 1998. 'The chance of winning an Olympic medal is too remote but there is always a chance for our swimmers to do well in the Asiad. The Bangkok Games is going to be a test for our swimmers and I'd be very happy if they can return with medals from there,' said Chan.