Tsai Ing-wen: sports help Taiwan shine through diplomatic difficulties

Tsai greeted tug-of-war champions at the Presidential Office Building today

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/11/19
By: Ryan Drillsma, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Tsai congratulated the athletes in a ceremony today (Nov. 19) (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In an interview at the Presidential Office Building today, Tsai Ing-wen said sporting events continue to remain one of the best ways for Taiwan to break through diplomatic difficulties.

The President appeared at a reception today (Nov. 19) to honor Taiwan’s outdoor tug-of-war team on sweeping up nearly half of all competition medals at this year’s championship at Cape Town in September. She said she hoped the outstanding performance displayed by the athletes will continue to let Taiwan shine through the haze of international pressure obscuring its name.

The team’s athletic prowess led them to win five gold, one silver, and a bronze medal in the competition hosted by South Africa. Taiwan has had outstanding success in a number of other sporting events this year, grabbing 18 medals at the 2018 Gay Games in Paris, and coming away with six from October’s Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.

Tsai highlighted the rigorous training athletes must undergo to compete in a tug-of-war, and the strong will the Taiwanese competitors maintained in order to achieve their success. She commented, “The wounds on everyone’s hands represent their unswerving determination and drive.”    [FULL  STORY]

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