‘Heroes parade’ to be held for Chinese Taipei athletes on Thursday

The China Post
Date; August 29, 2017
By: Special to The China Post

To celebrate Chinese Taipei’s best Universiade performance ever, a “Taiwan Heroes

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Parade” will be held on Thursday. Home team athletes including gold medal-winning weightlifter Kuo Hsing-chun and gymnast Lee Chih-kai will be on the floats and will no doubt receive a rousing reception from the public all along the route.

The 2017Taipei Universiade is the largest and most elite-level sports event ever held in Taiwan. It has set off a sports craze in the country, with ticket sales exceeding 80 percent and host team athletes claiming far more than the 11 gold medals predicted. The Ministry of Education and the Taipei City Government said they were jointly organizing the parade — which will include world record-breaking and gold medal-winning athletes — in order to express gratitude to the athletes for the fighting spirit they had displayed and the moving moments they had created during the games.

Before the parade, the athletes will have an audience with President Tsai Ing-wen. They will then board a tour bus and head to the parade’s starting point. The floats will set off at 4 p.m. from Ketagalan Boulevard along an approximately 9-km-long route, which passes along Guanqian Road, Zhongxiao East Road, Songren Road and the Taipei 101 building, ending at Taipei City Hall Plaza at around 5:30 p.m.

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