Under-fire triathlon is in "the best position for years" after underscoring a healthy youth programme with seven medals at the under-23 Asian Championships, as well as the ITU Hong Kong Asian Cup, at Disneyland last weekend, says senior Hong Kong Triathlon official Ian Brownlee. Triathlon faces an uncertain future as an elite sport at the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) after failing to win a medal at the Asian Games in Incheon. Despite this setback, Brownlee believes the sport has a bright future, pointing to the Disneyland magic. "There is a new culture with young athletes having been identified and their performance is now outshining those of previous years," said Brownlee, the longest-standing member of TriHK's elite selection committee. There is a new culture with young athletes having been identified and their performance is now outshining those of previous years Ian Brownlee, senior Hong Kong triathlon official "The fate of triathlon at the HKSI must depend on the recognition of what has been achieved in the past two years and the potential it provides for the future," Brownlee said. Eric Wong Hui-wai won a silver medal and Law Leong-tim a bronze in the U23 Asian Championships, while Hong Kong won five medals, including gold for Chun Kit-shuen, in the men's event in the ITU Asian Cup junior category. The only entrant in the elite men's race, Ivan Lo Ching-hin, finished sixth. Despite having reached the nine-point benchmark set by the Sports Institute, triathlon failed to win a medal at the Asian Games. Its best finish was a fourth in the new mixed team relay. HKSI chief executive Trisha Leahy said the fate of triathlon would now be decided by the Sports Commission which is expected to meet next month. "It will be up to the Sports Commission to decide whether triathlon stays at the SI or not," Leahy said. Brownlee says the sport had been placed in a difficult position with the goalposts being moved at a late stage. "In 2013, part-way through the programme, the sport was informed that in addition to the points score [nine], a medal would need to be won at the Asian Games or we would need to qualify for the Olympics if we were to continue to be a SI elite sport. "The programme was focused on scoring points and developing a new youth base for future growth. A medal at the Asian Games was always going to be a big challenge, yet our young squad just missed out with a creditable fourth." It's a shame Andrew has made these comments, as the problems are of his own making. He is asking for exceptions for his athletes for reasons which are part of a previous culture Ian Brownlee on criticism from Andrew Wright The recent criticism from ex-Hong Kong representative and now private coach Andrew Wright that the sport's governing body needed to make drastic changes to the way it was run, including selecting athletes to represent Hong Kong - four of Wright's athletes were blocked from taking part last weekend - was way off the mark, according to Brownlee. "It's a shame Andrew has made these comments, as the problems are of his own making. He is asking for exceptions for his athletes for reasons which are part of a previous culture. "Everyone else has embraced the new culture and new system, and all taking part are benefiting. Andrew has unfortunately decided not to take part and does not consult the head coach [at HKSI] on training programmes and does not provide training logs. "His eligible athletes do not attend the one session per week at the SI. "They therefore cannot be considered for selection. No national sports body could include in their elite squads, people who do not meet the basic training criteria and performance standards. "No exceptions can be made just because Andrew wants them, and no athlete who has resigned from the squad can represent Hong Kong," said Brownlee.