Taiwan boxers to compete in Olympics for first time in 20 years - Focus Taiwan

PHOTO ESSAYS / Taiwan boxers to compete in Olympics for first time in 20 years

Taiwan will compete in the boxing events at the Summer Olympics for the first time in 20 years, sending two boxers this year to Rio.

Lai Chu-en (賴主恩) and Chen Nien-chin (陳念琴) are two fresh faces on the international boxing scene.

Chen Nien-chin. (CNA file photo)
Chen Nien-chin. (CNA file photo)
Chen, 19, the first ever female Taiwanese boxer to qualify for the Olympics, will compete in the women's 75-kilogram division.

"I never thought (I) could be so close to the Olympics," said Chen, who secured a berth after winning a bronze medal at the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan in May.

Lai Chu-en. (File photo courtesy of National Nei-Pu Senior Agricultural-Industrial Vocational High School)
Lai Chu-en. (File photo courtesy of National Nei-Pu Senior Agricultural-Industrial Vocational High School)
Meanwhile, Lai, who turned 20 in July, will compete in the men's 60-kg category.

He is a member of the aboriginal Paiwan tribe and is Taiwan's first Olympic male boxer since 1996.

Lai said he plans to go forward bravely, leaving everything to God.

(By Lee Yu-cheng and Kay Liu)enditem/pc

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