Lin Hong-dow reelected as president of Olympic committee

11/27/2021 05:48 PM
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Lin Hong-dow (center), president of the the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee, and six of his deputies. CNA photo Nov. 27, 2021
Lin Hong-dow (center), president of the the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee, and six of his deputies. CNA photo Nov. 27, 2021

Taipei, Nov. 27 (CNA) Lin Hong-dow (林鴻道), the incumbent president of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC), was reelected on Saturday to head the organization for another four years.

As the sole candidate, Lin garnered 71 out of the 72 valid votes in the election held Saturday morning to win a third term. In addition to the votes for the president post, the CTOC also chose six vice presidents and more than a dozen board executives.

After winning reelection, Lin said he would continue to lead the CTOC to help Taiwanese athletes, aim to propel Taiwan into the top 20 in future Olympics, and make Taiwan a strong sporting country.

Speaking with reporters, Lin expressed gratitude for the support from the organization's members for his reelection, saying the CTOC has laid a good foundation through the efforts of past presidents, allowing more athletes in Taiwan to gain global visibility.

However, Lin said there was room for Taiwan to make further progress in international sports competitions.

"I hope Taiwan will finish among the top 20 countries in future Olympics," Lin said. "I also hope sports will become a critical part of daily life for people in Taiwan."

In the 2020 Summer Olympics held this past summer in Tokyo after a one-year delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwanese athletes won two golds, four silvers, and six bronze medals, the best-ever performance in the country's history. Taiwan ended up in 34th place in the 2020 Olympics, up from 50th place in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The progress of the Taiwan team in Tokyo was exciting, providing a shot of adrenaline to the local sports circle, said Lin.

In the Tokyo Olympics, Lin said, Taiwan grabbed its first medals in several sports such as badminton, judo, and gymnastics, with Wang Chi-lin (王齊麟) and Lee Yang (李洋) taking gold in the badminton men's doubles and Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎) earning silver in the badminton women's singles.

In addition, judoka Yang Yung-wei (楊勇緯) took silver, while gymnast Lee Chih-kai (李智凱) bagged silver.

Another gold medal was won by weightlifter Kuo Hsing-chun (郭婞淳), who dominated the women's 59kg weight class.

The CTOC will look to strengthen Taiwan's competitiveness in swimming, track and field, and gymnastics in future Olympics, said Lin.

He said he had faith in Taiwan's sports development, citing the three-year Golden Player training program launched by the Ministry of Education in which the country spent NT$1.2 billion (US$43.17 million) from 2018 to cultivate strong national athletes.

(By Lung Po-an and Frances Huang)

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