EDMUND Wong Siu-kwong has stepped down as head fencing coach of the Hong Kong Sports Institute to take up a new career in administration. Wong, who has been coaching at the Institute for 13 years, seven of them as head coach, has been appointed Sports Administration Manager of the Technical Services Division of the Institute. National fencers Ringo Lo and Wong Tsan have been offered the task of coaching foil and epee squads respectively while Wong Rui-ji will take charge of the sabres. 'I've been a coach in the Institute since 1982 and my career has reached a point where I want to look for something fresh,' said Edmund Wong, who led Hong Kong to the men's foil bronze at the 1990 Asian Games. 'If I stay at the same position, people who are interested in coaching at elite level will never have a chance. Also, having studied a sports administration degree I feel I am better equipped to serve Hong Kong sport on a broader front now.' Wong's job will be to co-ordinate and manage the programmes of the Institute's sports administration department, which include the sports education, coach development and international exchange programmes and national squad residential camps. On the future of fencing at the Institute, Wong said: 'The foundation of the programme has been laid down after years of hard work and it won't be affected simply because of the departure of one person. 'Also the programme will be looked after by three coaches in future. They are all qualified people and are all hungry for success. It won't take too long to see them succeed.' Institute director Dr Dennis Whitby said: 'I'm delighted with Edmund's appointment as sports administration manager. 'He brings considerable experience as a competitor and coach to the position. Because of this, his appointment further strengthens the Institute.'