The storm clouds were gathering yesterday as Hong Kong's latest table tennis star from China, Lin Ling, began another day preparing for the Asian Games in Pusan, South Korea. Lin, currently number four in the world, is the highest-ranked table tennis player ever to switch from China to Hong Kong. She made the move in February this year because 'I wanted more opportunities to play at a higher level.' The 25-year-old from Fujian province will get that opportunity at the Asian Games from September 29 to October 14 . 'I have never represented China at a major multi-sport event like the Asian Games. This is also the first time that I'm representing Hong Kong at a big event and I'm feeling a bit nervous. The pressure is on me to perform,' said Lin yesterday. But question marks have been raised over her eligibility - and that of two other mainland imports Tie Yana and Zhang Rui - to turn out in Hong Kong colours at these Asian Games after being here for only six months. The eligibility requirements state the trio must be nationals or citizens of Hong Kong and have lived here continuously for a period of not less than three years. The question is whether Lin and company are eligible as they are from China, and they qualify as Hong Kong is part of China. Last month the Olympic Council of Asia informed all its member NOC's to stick carefully to eligibility requirements. In a circular the OCA said it 'has found certain anomalies in the entries with regard to the eligibility of certain athletes nominated by NOCs for the forthcoming 14th Asian Games'. OCA director-general Ahmad Muttaleb has warned that NOCs found guilty of transgressing would be penalised heavily. 'The OCA expects all athletes to meet the stipulated eligibility code. The OCA will levy heavy penalties, including disqualification, on any NOC fielding athletes who do not meet the required conditions,' he said. Hong Kong officials were confident the trio are eligible but have said they would clear the issue with BAGOC, the organising committee of the Games. The eligibility requirements for the Asian Games are that competitors: be born in the country they represent; are nationals or citizens of the country they represent and have lived there continuously for a period of not less than three years; have become naturalised in the country they represent and have permanent residence there; be born of Asian parents and fufil the above conditions and have not become naturalised subjects of a country outside Asia; or are women who have taken new Asian nationality after marriage. Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, president of the Hong Kong Sports Federation and Olympic Committee, stated that as Hong Kong was an SAR there was a grey area surrounding the issue. But he said Hong Kong would strictly abide by the rules. 'Of course we want to take the best team to represent Hong Kong. But we will also play it according to the rules.' The Hong Kong Table Tennis Association was confident that Lin and company all fall within the rules. 'There is no problem. Looking at all the rules and regulations, I would say all three of them meet all the criteria,' said Tony Yue Kwok-leung, HKTTA chairman yesterday. Lin is not allowing the doubts hanging over her participation bother her build-up. Yesterday morning she was in full flow at the Hong Kong Sports Institute during a three-hour practice against a team from the mainland. 'Winning a medal will be tough in Pusan because the women's competition will be hard as all the top players are from Asia and the standards will be high. But my aim is to win a medal,' Lin said afterwards. Her main obstacles will come in the form of three of her former teammates - Wang Nan, the world champion and world number one, Zhang Yining, ranked two in the world, and Li Nan who is one place below Lin. Each country is allowed to field only two players in the singles event. Lin is certain to book one berth with the other most likely to go to Tie. 'We have still not made a decision as to who will play in the singles,' said coach Hui Jun. He did not elaborate whether this was due to the uncertainty hanging over the presence of Lin and company in Pusan.