Taiwan’s dragon boat team wins golds at Asian Games 亞運猛男龍舟隊 兩金一銀最吸睛

Thu, Sep 06, 2018 - Page 15

The 18th Asian Games in Indonesia drew to a close on Sunday, with the Taiwan team outperforming itself compared to previous games, winning a total of 17 gold medals in the categories of shooting, taekwondo, gymnastics, weightlifting, karate, canoeing, archery, badminton, soft tennis, inline speed skating and bridge. Taiwan was ranked No. 7 in the medal table.

Among the winners, members of the men’s canoeing team attracted much attention with their outstanding performance and great physique. Led by coach Hou Hung-chang, half of the 16-member crew are Amis Aborigines who graduated from Hualien Physical Education Senior High School. After training hard for six years, the team successfully grabbed two golds and one silver in the men’s traditional canoe racing event, better known as “dragon boat racing.”

Dragon boat racing dates back to the Warring States period of ancient China more than 2,000 years ago. The hunky members of the team hope that in the future there will be more racing venues in Taiwan, so more Taiwanese can try this increasingly popular sport.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)