Hong Kong badminton coach Chan Chi-choi says he believes his players can look forward to the Asian Games with confidence following encouraging showings in last week's Thomas and Uber Cup tournaments. Chan said Hong Kong had performed way beyond his expectations during the prestigious team events and now had a firm platform on which to build. Liu Kwok-wah's stunning victory over Danish world champion Peter Rasmussen during their singles rubber in the Thomas Cup had pointed the way forward, Chan said. 'Really, when we started the tournament we did not have any expectations as such,' said Chan, a former Commonwealth Games gold medallist. 'The main purpose for our young players was to give them more exposure to this sort of level of competition. 'But once the tournament started, the players did better than we could have hoped for,' he added. 'It is encouraging for the Asian Games. Liu's win against Rasmussen will show the younger players that they are capable of competing at this level and winning. So, from that point of view, it was a very valuable experience for all the players.' Although Chan says he is optimistic that Hong Kong's shuttlers will give a good account of themselves in Thailand, winning a first ever Asian Games badminton medal is doubtful in Bangkok, where the world's strongest nations will all be competing. 'The competition at the Asian Games will be just as strong as the Thomas and Uber Cups . . . maybe stronger. But our players have an extra bit of experience, which will help,' Chan said. He said Hong Kong's men's and women's badminton squads would benefit from the arrival of other international teams, who are coming here to train between now and December. 'We've been told that a number of teams are keen to come to Hong Kong for overseas training camps to train against our players. That will also help our Asian Games preparations,' he said.