Seven Taiwanese who were running in the Boston Marathon are safe.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston contacted six of the runners, identified by the Sports Administration as Tai Ting-lien (戴廷聯), Tu Chieh-hsing (杜皆興), Yeh Yi-hung (葉奕宏), Lee Ching-ming (李敬明), Lin Te-yi (林德義) and Huang Kai-Shu (黃愷恕).
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had been unable to reach the seventh runner, Hsia Hai-yin (夏海蔭), but the Sports Administration said in a press release that Hsia was also safe.
In a telephone interview with China Central Television (CCTV), China’s state-run TV network, Hsia said he had finished the race and was about 150m from one of the blasts.
Ministry spokesperson Anna Kao (高安) said there are nearly 4,000 Taiwanese in Boston. The ministry has been checking on their safety and has not received any reports of injury, he added.
The Sports Administration said the runners had registered for the race without the help of the Chinese Taipei Track & Field Association or the Chinese Taipei Road Running Association, but it and the associations would assist them if needed.
Meanwhile, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) expressed condolences to the victims of the bombings and condemned the violence.
“My prayers are with the family members [of the victims]. I also strongly condemn the violence on behalf of the government of the Republic of China, Taiwan,” Ma said.
Additional reporting by Shelley Shan and Mo Yan-chih