For Taiwan’s Olympic athletes, time to start over

Focus Taiwan
Date: 04/08/2020
By: Lung Po-an, Chen Chao-fu, Huang Chiao-wen and Kay Liu

Taiwan’s top gymnast Lee Chih-kai (CNA file photo)

Taipei, April 8 (CNA) The postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games to 2021 due to the new coronavirus pandemic has some of Taiwan's elite athletes hitting the reset button while others are wondering when they will get another chance to qualify for the rescheduled Games.

To Taiwan's top gymnast Lee Chih-kai (李智凱), the delay means basically returning to square one.

"It was just 100 plus days away. Now, it's more than 400 days," said Lee at the end of March following 14 days in self-isolation after returning to Taiwan from qualifying events overseas.

"All I can do is look on the bright side. At least I'm still young, and with the Olympics postponed for a year, I have the opportunity to continue to improve and strengthen and perfect new moves."

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