Rigorous training schedule for Games

RECENTLY-appointed Hong Kong national coach Choy Yiu-chung has mapped out an ambitious training schedule which he hopes will see the territory's top riders in peak condition for August's Commonwealth Games.

Choy, formerly a top Hong Kong track rider, is in charge of a nine-man training squad for the Commonwealth Games as well as the Asian Games. He will have to choose five of his best riders for the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, British Columbia in Canada.

The squad began training for the Games on Tuesday at the Hong Kong Sports Institute velodrome and Choy has also included road racing and weight training in his riders' quest for physical perfection.

Choy said: ''We want to start training earlier and I have devised a training schedule which takes the riders on the road twice-a-week and on the training track for two sessions a week to work on their speed. The riders will also do some weight training at a top fitness club in town and have two other days doing their own training.

''We are moving slowly towards intensive training and the riders are enjoying themselves. As we won't have any overseas training as yet, all the riders' training is most likely to be done in the territory. I hope I can get them in peak condition by August,'' said Choy.

Choy reports almost daily to the Hong Kong Cycling Association on the progress of the squad.