Taiwan women's tug of war team qualifies for 2022 World Games

09/20/2021 12:13 PM
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Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) Taiwan women's tug of war team finished fourth Sunday in the Closed Competition of the 2021 World Outdoor Championships, earning a berth in the 2022 World Games for the sport.

The 12-member Taiwan team, which won the Open Club championship in the Women's Under-540 kg in Spain last Friday, competed Sunday against nine other teams for the Closed Competition title in the same weight category.

In the competition, held under the auspices of the Tug of War International Federation (TWIF), five teams, including the fourth place finisher Taiwan, have qualified to compete in the 2022 "Tug of War - The World Games" in the United States.

Cho Yao-peng (卓耀鵬), secretary-general of the Chinese Taipei Tug of War Association, said that the team has achieved its goal of gaining a place in the 2022 games in the U.S. state of Alabama.

The Taiwan team performed as expected, if not better, taking into consideration the recent COVID-19 restrictions in their home country and the strengths of the other nine teams that competed in Basque Country, Spain, Cho said.

"Our athletes weren't able to practice for two months," he said, "It was difficult for them to get back their grip on the ropes."

Prior to the competition in Spain, Cho had said that while Taiwan had won two previous TWIF championships, the main strategy this year was to qualify for the 2022 tug of war World Games, rather than just seek a third win.

In the preliminary round in Spain, the Taiwan team finished second with 22 points, behind Sweden with 27.

During those matches, Taiwan won against the Czech Republic, South Africa, Israel, England, Basque Country, Germany, and the Netherlands, and it tied with Switzerland and lost to Sweden.

In the finals, Taiwan again lost to Switzerland, as well as to the Netherlands, finishing fourth.

Along with Taiwan, the other four teams that have been guaranteed a place in the 2022 Tug of War - The World Games in Birmingham, Alabama are Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands, and Basque Country.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and James Lo)

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