THE three judokas with an Asian ranking - Wat Tsz-wan, Wu Ching-hui and Chan Mei-ling - are virtually assured of their places in the World Championships team although the selection process has yet to be completed. Chan won the women's under-52 kilograms trial but selection matches for Wu's under-61 kilograms division and the men's under-60 kilograms in which Wat competes has yet to be held. However, Hong Kong Judo Association vice-chairman Wong Po-kee said they will favour the trio when naming the team for next month's World Championships in Chiba, Japan. Said Wong: 'Our primary goal at the World Championships is to qualify for the Atlanta Olympic Games next year. 'The top eight in Chiba go through to the Olympics but there are four other places for the top ranking players in Asia. 'Those who already hold a ranking will come in for special consideration when we select the team because we want to help them qualify for Atlanta.' Taiwan-based student Wu, a Pacific Ocean Games gold medallist and a bronze medal winner at the Hiroshima Asian Games, is the highest ranked Hong Kong player on the Asian chart. She is in fourth position, while Chan is fifth and Wat is seventh. Wat, however, is likely to face a stiff challenge in the trials from veteran Hong Kong international Alex Lee Kan, a former Commonwealth Games bronze medallist. The HKJA has yet to decide on the size of the team but Wong stressed it would be no more than five players, with other top candidates being Yu Wai-cheong and women players Lai Wai-shan, Law Lai-wah, Yu Wai-sheung. 'Any player picked for the World Championships would have to go through a fitness test before their places can be confirmed,' added Wong.