Hong Kong badminton players' dreams of success at the Asian and Olympic Games received a boost when a sponsor pledged $3 million for the development of the game. National team head coach Chan Chi-choi said the donation by the Bank of China (Hong Kong) had raised hopes of future success in the sport. 'This money will be used to develop the game at the grass-roots level and will help us find the best talent to work with for the future,' said Chan. The latest injection of cash means the bank has now donated $8.35 million to the Hong Kong Badminton Association since 1999. The money will help establish a school talent identification and training programme in the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Last week, Hong Kong achieved their best-ever result at the world mixed team championships, finishing sixth at the prestigious Sudirman Cup (Group One) in Beijing. It was their maiden appearance in Group One of the competition. 'The result was not too disappointing considering we were playing against the best players in the world,' said Chan. Young squad member, Ng Ka-shun, said the Bank of China funding could help bring more glory to Hong Kong. 'More training will steadily increase the standard. And it's not too late to help us achieve success at the Beijing Olympics. The overall support will be better, and that will improve our chances of getting good results,' said Ng. Young players excelled for Hong Kong at the Sudirman Cup, with Yip Pui-yin, 17, who turned full-time last year, surprisingly playing a starring role. The teenager joined senior player, Wang Chen, in the doubles and took on England's top-ranked Tracy Hallam and China's world number one, Xie Xingfeng, in the singles. Although Yip lost both singles matches in straight sets, her performance impressed Chan. 'It was good experience for her in a big tournament against the best in the world. She had never seen such an atmosphere before, but she will learn from it,' the coach said. Mums and daughters and fathers and sons teamed up in doubles competitions as part of the Bank of China (Hong Kong) Badminton Fun Day at Kowloon Park Sports Hall on Monday. Among the competitors were Venus Ho Lai-yung, 13, and her mum, Alice Ho Yip-siu. 'It's a fun thing to do and different from playing inter-school matches,' said Venus, who trains at the Yan Oi Tong Sports Club in Tuen Mun. 'My favourite player is Wang Chen. She is the best. I always watch when she is on television.'