Taiwan wins bid to host 2026 world indoor tug of war tournament

04/18/2021 02:47 PM
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Taipei, April 18 (CNA) Taiwan on Saturday won its bid to host the 2026 World Indoor Tug of War Championships, the first time the country has earned the right to host the biennial international competition.

The Tug of War International Federation (TWIF) held the bidding process Friday and Saturday via video conference to select the host for the 2026 event, said Cho Yao-peng (卓耀鵬), secretary-general of the Chinese Taipei Tug of War Association.

Taiwan obtained the host right for 2026 following a vote by the TWIF's 22 members present -- 20 in favor, one against and one abstention, according to Cho.

His association has been taking the initiative in preparations since submitting a letter of intent to host the 2026 event last year, Chinese Taipei Tug of War Association Chairman Chen Chien-ping (陳建平) said.

Taiwan's success in securing the right to host the highest level of tug of war competition is of great historic importance, Chen said.

He attributed the outstanding performance of Taiwan's tug of war teams in international events over the past years and the overwhelming support from countries around the world to Taiwan's gaining the host right.

The Taiwanese women's tug of war team has taken four gold medals at the World Games for four consecutive competitions since 2005 and has won the World Indoor Tug of War Championships for five consecutive games as of 2020.

The men's team also won the championships in 2018 and 2020, Chen noted.

The 2026 World Indoor Tug of War Championship is set to be held March 12-15, with up to 1,000 athletes and staff members from around 30 countries expected to participate, according to the TWIF.

(By Lung Po-an and Evelyn Kao)

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