Hong Kong's Ho Kim-fai and Fenella Ng Gar-loc will have a straight face-off with the Japanese crew this week for a place in next month's Olympic women's lightweight doubles event in Atlanta. This week's Japanese National Championships in Toda, a suburb of Tokyo, offer Ho and Ng their final chance to qualify for the Olympic Games after they failed in their attempts at last year's Olympic qualifiers. And national coach Chris Perry is confident of overpowering the Japanese in the two-crew, 2,000 metre race-off at the same venue used for rowing events at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Speaking from a boathouse dormitory in Toda, Perry said: 'Our preparations have gone very smoothly. Our boats have arrived safely and the conditions here are quite good. 'We've been training twice a day to keep in shape. The Japanese team is of a very high standard, but we are confident of doing well.' Perry said the Japanese crew will be led by Noriko Shibuta, whom Ho defeated for the 1994 Asian Games singles silver medal. 'She will be partnered by a younger rower whom we have not been able to see perform yet,' said Perry. He said that should Ho and Ng fail to beat the Japanese on Sunday, there was still an outside chance of gaining Olympic qualification. 'All the Olympic qualification races are taking place at the same time around the world,' said Perry. 'After the competition, the times of the losing teams will be compared and some may be able to take part in the Olympics if their times warrant it. 'But of course, that is a very unlikely situation and the safest thing to do is to beat the Japanese and guarantee ourselves a place.' Should the territory qualify, it would be only the second time Hong Kong rowers have competed in the Olympics. Hong Kong took part in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, but Perry pointed out that, back then, there was no qualifying competition and teams could take part by simply applying. Ho and Ng are not the only rowers aiming for Atlanta. The men's lightweight fours and Michael Tse, in the men's heavyweight singles, are also attempting to qualify for the Games. Rowing is the final jigsaw in Hong Kong's overall Olympic contingent. Soon after the weekend, the National Olympic Committee will be able to put together the territory's final squad, who are expected to number around 20 athletes.