Speedster Rowan Varty will soon have an added weapon in his arsenal that will give wings to his feet - a Hong Kong SAR passport. 'This will make me eligible to play in the Olympics,' says the 23-year-old Varty, who like everyone else in the Hong Kong sevens squad has visions of running out on to a sun-baked pitch in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 when rugby sevens makes its Olympics debut. Unlike most of the Hong Kong sevens squad, Varty wasn't born in Hong Kong. Desite being born overseas, in London, the DeA Tigers centre was eligible to play at the last Asian Games in Doha in 2006 simply because his mother is Asian. 'I qualified for the last Asian Games because of Asian parentage, my mum who was born here, but now I will soon have a Hong Kong passport and this will make me eligible to play in the Olympics, too,' Varty said. Under International Olympic Committee rules, athletes wishing to participate at the Olympic must hold a passport of the country they wish to represent. Varty has opted for Chinese citizenship and it is just a matter of weeks, if not days, before he receives his new SAR passport. 'The main thing is it makes me eligible for the Olympics, but also if you look at our sevens team now, nearly everybody has got a Hong Kong passport,' Varty said. 'I think it is representative of where we come from, all of us Hong Kong-bred and not like 10 years ago when it was overseas guys coming to play for Hong Kong. We are all Hong Kong people, we grew up here, we played mini-rugby here and hoped one day to play in the Sevens at Hong Kong Stadium. And now we are doing it. I can safely say for everyone that it is a dream come true.' Varty has already accomplished many goals in his career. He has ticked off many boxes, including playing at the Hong Kong Sevens, the World Cup Sevens, the Asian Games and also representing Hong Kong at 15s - where he is one of few players to score a hat-trick of tries against Japan. Japan seem to bring out the best from Varty. So it is no surprise when he says that when Hong Kong run out against Japan on Saturday, it will be a 'grudge' match. 'There is no two words about that. Yes, it is a grudge match,' says Varty, still smarting at the memory of a 26-24 loss in the gold-medal match at the East Asian Games last December. 'We both know where we are at, in terms of our development. Japan obviously fly the flag for Asia in 15s and everyone is proud of them. But when it comes to sevens we feel we can compete with them,' says Varty. Twice in recent times, Japan have snatched victory from Hong Kong in the dying seconds. The first was at the Rugby World Cup Sevens qualifiers in October, 2008, and then at the East Asian Games. 'We lost both those games in the last few seconds. Then last year, at the Asian Sevens Series, we lost only two games in the whole series and both those games were to Japan. I don't want to say it is our turn to win this time, but I hope we can definitely put one over them this time,' Varty said. He believes a win over Japan will do a great deal of good to Hong Kong's confidence ahead of November's Asian Games in Guangzhou. 'We had lost twice to Japan going into the East Asian Games and that wasn't a good sign. But we still pushed them to the brink. If we can win this time, it will boost us in our Asian Games campaign. We want to win the gold medal this time.' England and Wales, the two other teams in Hong Kong's preliminary pool are almost forgotten. Japan are public enemy number one. 'Our group is tough, it always is because it is an IRB Sevens Series event. England are world-class while Wales are world champions and even though they will have different players, will be very competitive. As for Japan, it is always good to meet them,' says Varty with relish. With peace of mind assured, now that he soon will be armed with a Hong Kong passport, Varty will extend his licence to thrill. But with the Olympics still some time away, the more pressing business will be to deal with Japan first.