Short-track speed skater Sui Xin remains the best hope of securing Hong Kong a spot at the forthcoming Winter Olympic Games after the completion of two out of four rounds at the World Cup series, the designated qualifiers. The 24-year-old Sui is currently ranked 42nd in the men’s 500-metre classification, where a maximum quota of 32 racers will make it to Beijing when the 2022 Games take place in February. The result is also the best among the three Hong Kong athletes, who have competed so far at the World Cup series over the three distances of the event, including the 1,000m and 1,500m events. Another Hong Kong skater, Kwok Tsz-fung’s best result is 61st place in the 1,500m, while Sidney Chu’s best is 74th in the same distance. The maximum quota for the 1,000m is also 32 while four more qualify for the 1,500m. “There are still two more rounds of the World Cup in Europe this month before the qualification ends and therefore it is too early to talk about the final results,” said a spokesman for the Hong Kong Skating Union. “Sui is strong in the short distance but must improve in order to obtain Olympic qualification.” 100 days out, is Beijing ready for the Winter Olympics? There are four World Cup series designated as qualifiers for the 2022 Beijing Games. The first one was held in Beijing on October 21 before the series moved on to Nagoya, Japan over the weekend. The next two rounds will take place in Debrecen, Hungary on November 18-21 and Dordrecht in the Netherlands the following week, with the best three results counting towards Olympic qualification. Sui, who was a member of the China squad that won a relay gold medal at the 2014 junior World Championships, began representing Hong Kong during the 2017-18 season. He suffered a poor start in the Beijing round where he was eliminated in the 500m preliminaries, along with compatriots Chu and Kwok. Sui finished 67th overall while Kwok and Chu finished 72nd and 74th respectively. Hong Kong aiming for bigger squad in Beijing than last Winter Olympics The trio moved to Nagoya over the weekend where Sui showed improvement to finish 31st in the 500m and his overall ranking surged to 42nd. In the women’s event, youngster Lam Ching-yan, at 15 Hong Kong’s only representative, scored her best result in the 500m with a 61st-place finish after two rounds. According to the qualification rules, the quota places will be allocated to the National Olympic Committee. The selection of athletes for its allocated quota places is at the discretion of the NOC subject to the eligibility requirements. The team arrived in Hungary on Tuesday for acclimatisation before they kick off their qualification campaign again. Short-track speedskating is one of the three skating disciplines at the Winter Olympics, alongside figure skating and speed skating. But unlike in speed skating, competitors in short track race against one another – not the clock. As a result, short track races are strategic and are generally considered the more exciting event, according to the IOC website.