Taiwan’s Olympic team set for competition to keep athletes sharp

Focus Taiwan
Date: 07/31/2020
By: Huang Chiao-wen and Kay Liu

Athletes attend a pre-game press event in Taipei Monday. CNA photo July 27, 2020

Taipei, July 31 (CNA) Taiwan's top athletes will compete in a government-organized competition starting Saturday as part of their preparations for the Summer Olympics, which have been postponed to 2021.

The eight-day, 12-discipline event will be held by the Sports Administration at the National Sports Training Center's main site in Kaohsiung and a shooting facility in Taoyuan and open with badminton matches, organizers said.

Taiwanese athletes had secured 32 spots in 10 sports, including gymnastics, table tennis and archery, at the Tokyo Olympics, before the Games were suspended for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Sports Administration is hoping to use the competition to keep elite Taiwanese athletes sharp in the absence of international competition in their respective disciplines because of ongoing restrictions on international travel and large gatherings.    [FULL  STORY]

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