The hi-tech swimsuit revolution will come to the Kowloon Park Swimming Pool next week as competitors seek to blitz records at the Hong Kong International Open Championships before the bodysuits are outlawed. Following the polyurethane-powered world-record binge at the world championships in Rome, where a staggering 43 records were smashed, many of Hong Kong's top swimmers are also looking to improve their results with the help of the new technology before it is banned by world governing body Fina at the end of the year. 'I have bought one of these hi-tech suits made by [Italian-based manufacturer] Jaked and will wear it for the Hong Kong championships,' said Sherry Tsai Hiu-wai, who holds 12 long and short course individual and relay records. 'I was in Rome for the worlds and saw how the top swimmers broke records with the help of these suits. 'Although I have not tried it yet [not even in practice], and it's hard to say how it will help, it can, at least, give you a psychological boost.' Tsai's new weapon cost her Euro400 (HK$4,425) and the specialist backstroker, who turns 26 next week, will probably use it again at December's East Asian Games, her last major international event before she retires. 'I want to find out how it works in real competition next week, and hopefully it can help improve my medal chances at the East Asian Games,' she said. Tsai, who qualified for three Olympics (Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008), announced in July that the East Asian Games would be her swansong. Wang Dali, coach of Hong Kong team members Claudia Lau Yin-yan and Chan Yu-ning, said many of the top swimmers would also fight their way into the skintight suits for the three-day championships, starting next Friday. 'These suits cost a few thousand dollars but they all want to give them a trial,' the coach said. 'I have also warned the swimmers they must reach a certain standard before these suits can give them additional help. 'More than 40 world records were broken in Rome and many used these new suits. It will be interesting to see how many Hong Kong records will be broken next week, with so many swimmers following the hi-tech trend.' The bodysuits will be banned from January 1, when swimsuits will have to meet new requirements laid out by Fina after the world championships. The new rules state the material used can only be textile fabric and any material added on the surface shall not close the original open-mesh structure of the base fabric.