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Standing tall at the Olympics

Comprising 44 members, the ROC Olympic team will contest 14 sports

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The eyes of the world were on London July 27 as the Summer Games exploded into life with an opening ceremony that will long be remembered as a showcase celebration of British culture and the Olympic ideal. But for ROC citizens everywhere, the event took on even greater significance as their athletes stood tall and demonstrated the value of global sporting participation in building national pride.

Comprising 44 members, the ROC Olympic team will contest 14 sports at the 19-day games and is poised to turn in a sterling performance across the board. Although the going will be tough, the athletes are big in heart and expectations are high that they can top the nation’s record two golds, two silvers and a bronze in Athens eight years ago.

Archery, badminton, cycling, taekwondo and weightlifting are sports the country is tipped to medal in, with athletes to watch including archers Le Chien-ying, Lin Chia-en and Tan Ya-ting; badminton players Cheng Shao-chieh, Cheng Wen-hsing, Chien Yu-chin, Fang Chieh-min and Lee Sheng-mu; cyclist Hsiao Mei-yu; taekwondo fighters Tseng Li-chien, Yang Shu-chun and Wei Chen-yang; and weightlifters Hsu Shu-ching and Huang Shih-su.

The ROC government, which places a premium on sporting achievement, has allocated NT$1.6 billion (US$54 million) this year to get the nation’s Olympians in tip-top shape for London. The Sports Affairs Council-run initiative was put in place following the country’s four-bronze performance at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, a result that was seen as not quite up to scratch. more... Taiwan Today


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