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Taiwan team departs for Asian Games

2018/08/15 10:37:55

Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) Taiwanese athletes who will compete in the Asian Games left for Indonesia on Wednesday morning, with expectations of gold medal performances in several sports.

Almost 300 Taiwanese athletes and staffers took a chartered flight at around 7 a.m. to head to the most important sports event in Asia, which is scheduled to be held in Jakarta and Palembang from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.

The Taiwanese athletes will participate in a wide range of sports, including tennis, weightlifting, taekwondo, badminton, gymnastics, swimming, female volleyball, cycling, female softball and wrestling, according to the Sports Administration of the Ministry of Education.

Before the team boarded the chartered flight at Taoyuan International Airport, Sports Administration Director-General Kao Chin-hsung (高俊雄) encouraged them to try their best to bag medals to honor Taiwan.

Taiwan is seen as having the potential to win Asian Games gold medals in tennis, badminton, weightlifting, taekwondo, and swimming.

At the airport, the athletes shouted "Chinese Taipei, Go, Go, Go", to boost morale, and other travelers on the scene gave their blessings to the delegation.

Olympic weightlifter Kuo Hsing-chun (郭婞淳) will carry Taiwan's flag during the opening ceremony of this year's games, the first time a female athlete will carry the flag for Taiwan since the 1998 games in Bangkok when it was carried by taekwondo star Chen Yi-an (陳怡安).

(By Chiu Chun-chin and Frances Huang)
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