The University Sports Association of Hong Kong says it is monitoring the situation in South Korea amid the spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers), but it has not been notified of any athletes wishing to withdraw for next month's World University Games. We know the situation is still developing in South Korea and have decided to meet all the coaches on Monday to see if they have any concerns or if any of their athletes are reluctant to go Kenny Chow Kwun-wah To be held from July 3-14, Hong Kong will send a delegation of more than 100 athletes to the biennial event being held in Gwangju, the sixth largest city in South Korea. The association met last night and confirmed there had been no withdrawals so far. "If there is any athlete who does not want to go Gwangju, we won't force them," said association chairman Kenny Chow Kwun-wah. "But as far as we understand, there has not been such a case. We know the situation is still developing in South Korea and have decided to meet all the coaches on Monday to see if they have any concerns or if any of their athletes are reluctant to go." Chow said the association would consider not sending a delegation only if the situation becomes very critical. "If the Hong Kong government issues a travel ban to South Korea because of the disease, we cannot go, or if the Games organisers decide to postpone or even call off the event, we can't do anything," he said. The government yesterday raised the response level to Mers to serious and issued a travel alert against going to South Korea, but not a comprehensive ban as yet. Some of Hong Kong's prominent athletes are members of the delegation such as fencer Au Sin-ying, swimmer Stephanie Au Hoi-shun, gymnast Wong Hiu-ying and runner Chan Ming-tai, who just returned from the Asian Athletics Championships. I am not worrying too much at the moment as Gwangju seems far away from the infected areas Au Sin-ying Au, who won a silver medal in the women's sabre at the 2010 Asian Games, is still going. "I am not worrying too much at the moment as Gwangju seems far away from the infected areas," she said. "The organisers will certainly take all measures to make it safe for the athletes. But I will still be very cautious with my personal hygiene like avoiding to public areas." Swimmer Au also said she would go to Gwangju to compete as planned as it would be her last World University Games.