CHAN Chi-choi is set to ascend to the top badminton coaching job as the Hong Kong Sports Institute look to increase the pace of localisation. Chan, gold medallist at the 1990 Commonwealth Games, will replace veteran Institute head coach Diana Lo Leung Bik-luen when her contract expires at the end of the year. That means three of the five head coaching positions up for renewal this year will have been filled with fencing coach Edmund Wong and table tennis' David Cheng being offered new contracts. Head swimming coach Bill Sweetenham will leave the territory after next month's Asian Games in Hiroshima and his assistant Chan Yiu-hoi is favourite to replace him. The only question mark is gymnastics, with Institute officials undecided whether the sport will continue to be part of their development programmes. Jim Wilson will leave Hong Kong at the end of the year after 12 years as the Institute's head gymnastics coach. Dr Dennis Whitby, who this month takes over from Paul Brettell as the Institute's new director, said that while localisation is important, he will look to China if quality is not available in Hong Kong. Said Whitby: 'When hiring coaches, we will first be looking at Hong Kong. If there are no suitable candidates here then we will be looking at China. 'If we can't find anyone there, which is unlikely to be the case, then we will look at other countries.' Whitby will be reviewing the Institute's programmes after the Asian Games, but he reiterated the need for coaches to set realistic targets and fulfil them - or clear out. 'There should be no excuses,' said Whitby, who has coached track and field in China. 'If a team does not perform because they arrive at a venue too early or too late, the coach should be blamed. 'If the coach does not get a result, he or she should go. That's what happens anywhere else in the world. 'It has taken time for this kind of mentality to be instilled in Hong Kong.' Chan was one of Hong Kong's top players before his retirement in 1990 but doubles was his speciality, teaming up with Amy Chan to win the mixed doubles gold at the Auckland Commonwealth Games. Currently an assistant to Lo, Chan has become an accomplished coach and is also well respected by the players in the Institute's programme. Lo's last official duty as Institute head coach was leading Hong Kong to the bronze medal in the mixed team event in last month's Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada. However, she will not join the eight-strong squad at the Asian Games, giving Chan the opportunity to take control of the national squad at a major Games for the first time. Although no decision has yet been made on Chan Yiu-hoi, favoured to replace Sweetenham, outgoing Institute managing director Brettell feels he is the right man for the job. Chan worked for three years under Australian Sweetenham, and before that, had a lengthy spell as assistant for David Haller, who is now the Great Britain head coach. Said Brettell: 'He worked with Bill, who is without doubt a world-class coach, and also with David Haller. 'If he is not ready now, then why have we been keeping him? Bill has done a lot for swimming in Hong Kong and Chan is the right man to continue that work.' Brettell said the Hong Kong gymnastics squad's disappointing performances at the Commonwealth Games highlighted the need for a thorough review of the sport's future at the Institute.