In Marco Fu Ka-chun, Hong Kong has an almost certain Asian Games medal winner. The reigning world amateur snooker champion is a dead cert for a bronze at least, if not the gold or silver. SAR snooker officials are now hoping that Fu will be given additional support by the local Olympic Committee so that Hong Kong will not only reap one medal on the tables, but maybe a couple more. Snooker will make its debut as a medal sport in the Asian Games this December in Bangkok. Not only snooker, but the rest of the table set too - American pool, billiards and carrom. This is because Thailand feels it has an advantage at this sport. So it has added the lot and put 10 medals on offer: three coming in snooker itself. Hong Kong will only be taking part in snooker. 'With Marco leading our challenge, we are confident of a bronze medal at the worst,' said Joseph Lo Tsun-ying, the chairman of the Billiards and Snooker Control Council. Fu will be the spearhead of the singles event. But there are also the doubles and the three-player team events. Local officials are now worried about whether the Amateur Sports Federation and Olympic Committee (ASF & OC) will give its approval for these extra players. With Fu in the doubles and team events, Hong Kong's chances of winning a medal will be boosted. But will the ASF & OC give its blessing, especially as snooker has no past record at an Asian Games? 'We want to take part in all three disciplines and want to submit the names of six players. But we know that every sport has been told to cut down on the list of applicants because of tight budgeting,' said Lo. Fu, 20, is currently pursuing his bid to become a professional in Britain (professionals are allowed to take part in the Asian Games) and will be the second highest world-ranked player from Asia to take part at the Asian Games. The top seed will be Thailand's James Wattana Pu Ob-Orm, who is currently ranked 15th in the world. Hong Kong's boy wonder does not have an official ranking as yet as this is his first season on the pro circuit. But he has already shown his talents by making much headway in four qualifying tournaments over the past couple of months. 'He has the talent. There is no doubt about that. And he is one of Hong Kong's best Asian Games medal prospects,' said Lo. With a singles medal almost a certainty, the ASF & OC will have to think twice if it is to turn down snooker's request to take part in the other two events and thus spurn the opportunity of winning more medals. Meanwhile, the rest of Hong Kong's hopefuls will be taking part in a round-robin tournament starting today to determine which players should be selected to accompany Fu to the Games in Bangkok. The five players taking part are Chan Kwok-ming, Au Chi-wai, Lin Tang-chi, Chan Wai-tat and Lo himself. 'Marco is not taking part in this competition as he is undoubtedly the best. For the rest of us, we will be ranked and depending on the ASF & OC, the best will join Marco,' said Lo.