UNDISPUTED Hong Kong champion Ian Rayson may be missing from the territory's team for the Asian Championships on Sunday but officials are still expecting a medal harvest in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Rayson has yet to get back into full-scale training after being struck by a mysterious virus during the Singapore triathlon more than six months ago, but he is going to Kota Kinabalu as the Hong Kong team manager. Still, Hong Kong officials and competitors are hopeful of a big medal haul with the men's team being led by Con O'Kelly and the women's challenge headed by Sue Ross. O'Kelly is currently ranked number one in the Asian series after two races and should provide the highly-rated Japanese triathletes with a strong challenge. 'Con has easily beaten most of his top Asian rivals this season, including Malaysia's Mohammed Rizanni, but the Japanese were not there,' Rayson said. Hong Kong are also leading contenders for the men's team honours with other squad members being Mike Ward, Harvey Davis, Wan Shu-wah, Kevin Rydeard and Ryuichi Iijima. The Hong Kong women seem to have an even better chance of lifting both the individual and team titles. Ross, who finished third at the 1994 Asian Championships, is the current Asian series leader and has been racing in peak form. Strong support is expected from her teammates - Kim Isherwood, Julia Cree, Chiu Pik-kwan and Sue Mulley. Hong Kong are strongly fancied to sweep the board in the junior men's division with defending champion Brian Bozarth going for his third Asian crown, but stiff competition is expected from teammate Daniel Lee Chi-wo. Bozarth won his first Asian junior title in 1992 but a bike accident ruined his title defence the following year. However, he bounced back to win the championship again last year. Joining Bozarth and Lee in Hong Kong's junior men's squad are James Endicott, Ben Hartwright, Albert Hau Yuen-cheung and Li Shu-lam. The three-strong junior women's team of Mandy Cheung Man-yiu, Fung Wai-man and Kira Brownlee are also expected to figure in the medals.