Hong Kong players, who have set new standards for the SAR with almost every step they've taken over the past two years, arrive today for next week's world championships with their team manager and head coach Chan Chi-choi saying they have a chance of making the podium at the showpiece for the first time. Chan believes Hong Kong could come in the top three in one of their key events, the women's singles, men's singles or men's doubles, for the first time since the International Badminton Federation introduced the competition 26 years ago. 'I know we have enough strength to get a medal, but it's not guaranteed. It depends on many things. We have a chance, but it's not safe. Anyway I never let my players have any pressure. Never. Their only target is to show their strength and their true ability.' Chan has overseen a series of unprecedented results including a first-ever medal in the Uber Cup, the women's world team championship, and promotion to the elite division of the mixed championship, the Sudirman Cup, making the badminton team arguably the SAR's most successful side. 'I'm proud of our players. They've trained and concentrated hard.' While it's been the women who have claimed many of the plaudits, particularly world number one Wang Chen, Chan says the men's team are also taking giant strides, in particular singles players Agus Hariyanto and Ng Wei, who are currently ranked seventh and 15th in the world. They both returned from recent warm-up tournaments in Australasia with victories. 'Our men's team have improved a lot. Agus and Ng Wei reached the quarter-finals of the Japan and Korea Opens earlier this year. These are our best results in two of the biggest events in the world. Agus won in New Zealand, Ng Wei won in Australia.''