SELECTORS of the Hongkong team for next month's World University Games have defended their choice of coach - even though it could mean the withdrawal of top women's hurdler Chan Sau-ying. The Hongkong Post-Secondary Colleges Athletic Association have opted to send the City Polytechnic's director of sports education, Dorothy Davies, despite opposition from Watson's, sponsors of track and field's elite programme. Watson's had come to the rescue of the cash-strapped association by offering to pay the cost of sending Chan and a coach to the Games, to be held in Buffalo in the United States. Their preference was for either elite programme specialist Garry Brown or one of Chan's two US-based coaches, Tony Campbell or Asian record holder Li Tong. But May Lee Ng, chairman of the association's Hongkong World University Games organising committee, yesterday strongly defended the choice of Davies, saying she had been involved in athletics since her schooldays at the Diocesan Girls' School. ''We have already decided to send Mrs Davies. Nothing is going to change that. ''Mrs Davies was one of the first batch of senior coaches appointed by the Hongkong Amateur Athletic Association (HKAAA) and is known in local athletes. ''It is also more convenient to send a woman to accompany Chan,'' she said. Elite programme athlete Chan was a bronze medallist in the women's 100 metres hurdles at the recent East Asian Games in Shanghai and her reputation has earned her invitations to compete in regional meetings in Asia. She said she did not mind which coach was chosen but preferred someone familiar with her training. Brown, head coach at the Hongkong Sports Institute, said the selectors should pay for their own coach if Watson's or the HKAAA could not make the final choice. ''The whole sticking point is this official. I (Watson's) will not pay if they send their own. It's my mandate to select the coach,'' he said. ''The whole issue is to get Chan Sau-ying to the World University Games. I don't care if I don't go. The HKAAA (through Watson's) are paying for this association. I think either myself or Chan's LA coach should go. It's no problem if the association pay for themselves but this is not the case,'' he said.