HONG KONG'S young wushu exponents will be given the opportunity to attend the world championships in August, as national coach Liu De has proposed dumping senior internationals who are 'not medal contenders'. Liu, the former Guangdong provincial coach who has been in charge of the Hong Kong team for two years, said he wanted to bring new blood into the national squad in anticipation of a number of senior players retiring shortly. 'We must start looking to the future and giving our younger players as much international exposure as possible, otherwise we won't be competitive when our top players retire,' Liu said. 'I'm suggesting that we should drop those seasoned internationals who are not really medal contenders and include promising young players into the world championships team.' Liu aims to pick about a dozen players from the 20-strong youth squad for special training after the New Year and the best and most committed will be drafted into the national squad. The Hong Kong championships, to be held in either April or May, has been earmarked as the selection tournament for the world championships team. But Liu said: 'Promising young players who achieve good results should be considered for selection even if they fail to win in the national championships.' However, Liu will still be banking on experienced nanquan exponents Leung Yat-ho and Ng Siu-ching for medals at the world tournament. Leung won a silver medal in the men's nanquan event at the Asian Games in Hiroshima two months ago while Ng collected a bronze in the women's category.