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Taiwan's main Olympic delegation departs for London

2012/07/21 21:15:07

Taipei, July 21 (CNA) The main part of Taiwan's Olympic team, including 27 of the 44 athletes who qualified for the Summer Games, will depart for London on Sunday, officials said Saturday.

Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee President Thomas Tsai and team leader Lin Hung-tao will travel with the 27 athletes and staff members on an EVA Air flight to the British capital, according to the committee.

Chen Hung-ling, who will represent the country in the badminton competitions, said he is looking forward to the July 27 openingceremony since it is the first time he is competing in the Olympic Games.

Although he may miss the opening event if he has to play the day after, Chen still hopes he will have a lucky draw so he can have a chance to attend the ceremony.

The Taiwanese delegation said it will hold a flag-raising ceremony at the athletes' village next Tuesday.

Taiwanese athletes in the fields of weightlifting, archery, shooting and sailing arrived in the United Kingdom earlier this week.

However, the taekwondo athletes will not leave Taipei until Aug. 2, after the Olympics begin, since the competitions in that sport will be held Aug. 8-11.

Meanwhile, an Olympic Games photo exhibition in Taipei, organized by the Central News Agency and the French Agence France-Presse, closed on Friday after attracting over 100,000 visitors from home and abroad.

The exhibition, which opened July 1, was aimed at drawing the public's attention to sports ahead of the Olympics and boosting support for the Taiwanese athletes in the Summer Games.

Held in the 89th floor observatory of the landmark Taipei 101 tower, the exhibition showed historic moments in past Olympics Games.

One visitor, surnamed Wang, who is from the central county of Changhua, said she was moved by the photos, which she described as beautiful and historically meaningful.

(By Lung Bo-an and Kay Liu)
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