Taiwanese athletes picked up another 11 medals at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, yesterday, placing in the top three in the taekwondo, softball, soft tennis, bowling and canoe kayak obstacle slalom competitions.
In taekwondo, Taiwan’s Chen Yen-ming claimed the bronze in the men’s under-63kg semi-finals after he fell 5-2 to Thailand’s Akkarin Kitwijarn, while Chuang Chia-chia also won bronze in the women’s under-62kg category when she was beaten 5-2 by China’s Zhang Hua in their semi-final.
In the softball, Taiwan beat China 4-3 in the women’s final, before being routed 6-0 by Japan in the grand final yesterday afternoon to claim the silver medal.
In the soft tennis, Taiwanese duo Lin Ting-chun and Li Chia-hung lost the men’s doubles final 5-2 to South Korean pair Kim Dong-hoon and Kim Beom-jun to bag the silver medal after Taiwan’s Lai Li-huang and Ho Meng-hsun were beaten by the South Koreans in the semi-finals to snag the bronze.
In the semi-finals of the women’s doubles, Taiwanese pairing Cheng Chu-ling and Chen Yi-chia lost 5-1 to South Koreans Kim Aek-yung and Joo Og to pick up the bronze.
In the bowling, Taiwan’s Wang Ya-ting won the silver medal after defeating South Korea’s Son Yun-hee 193-190 in the stepladder final round 1, before falling to a 477-437 defeat to Lee Na-young of South Korea in the stepladder final round 2.
In the canoe kayak obstacle slalom, all four Taiwanese competitors made it through to the finals yesterday, but all came away with silvers.
Chen Wei-han, who was a member of the women’s canoe single team that won the Asian Championships in Shuili last year, was beaten in the final of the women’s single canoe by China’s Cen Nanqin.
Taiwan’s Cheng Yun-chuan fell to Japan’s Takuya Haneda in the men’s canoe single final, Cheng Chu-han was defeated by China’s Li Tong in the women’s kayak single final and Pan Hung-ming fell to Japan’s Kazuya Adachi in the men’s final.
Taiwan’s women’s basketball team just missed out on a medal after they were edged 61-59 by Japan in the bronze-medal match, while the women’s volleyball team beat Kazakhstan 2-0 to finish fifth.
The men’s rugby team came eighth following a 12-10 loss to Thailand, as Taiwanese table tennis player Chuang Chih-yuan made it through to the semi-finals of the men’s singles after overcoming North Korea’s Pak Sin-hyok 11-6, 11-8, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8.
Meanwhile, tennis players Chan Yung-jan and younger sister Chan Hao-ching are to receive more than NT$10 million (US$328,787) in cash rewards for bagging five medals at the Games.
As part of Taiwan’s winning women’s tennis team, the sisters brought home a gold apiece, which earned them NT$3 million under a government incentive program. They also finished third in the women’s doubles, gaining NT$900,000 each for their bronze medals.
Chan Hao-ching was awarded another NT$1.5 million for her silver medal in the mixed doubles.
The sisters’ total government reward was NT$9.3 million, while their sponsor, Taiwan Mobile Co Ltd, chipped in NT$1 million in recognition of their performances.
APPROPRIATE RESPONSE: The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan expressed ‘sincere regret’ for publishing the image on its in-house magazine and Web site A satirical mock-up depicting the Tokyo Games logo as the novel coronavirus has been pulled from online after Olympic organizers branded it “insensitive” and said that it infringed copyright. The design combines the distinctive, spiky image of the coronavirus cell with the blue-and-white Tokyo Games logo. It appeared on the cover of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan’s magazine. The Tokyo Games have been postponed until next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left hundreds of thousands of people dead and halted sport worldwide. Club president Khaldon Azhari yesterday said that the club had decided to withdraw the image and remove
The COVID-19 pandemic has stalled young Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas’ burgeoning career, but he remains philosophical about the tennis shutdown. The world No. 6 would have been preparing for the French Open that was originally scheduled to start this weekend, but was postponed to September. While he is missing life on the ATP Tour, Tsitsipas believes that the lockdown has given the planet a breather. “I actually think they should put us in lockdown once a year — it’s good for nature, it’s good for our planet,” Tsitsipas said in an Instagram Live conversation for At Home With Babsi on Eurosport’s Instagram page. “I
Uncertainty grips next year’s postponed Tokyo Olympic Games: Will there be fans or empty stadiums in 14 months? How will thousands of athletes, staff members and technical officials travel, be housed and stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic? And the Tokyo Games are not the only event. China, where COVID-19 was first detected, is to hold three mega-sports events in the year after the Tokyo Olympics are set to close. The World University Games in Chengdu, China, are to open, with up to 8,000 athletes, only 10 days after the Tokyo Games close. Next come the Beijing Winter Olympics beginning on Feb. 4, 2022,
When South Korea’s domestic women’s golf tour held its premier event last week — without spectators because of the COVID-19 pandemic — no fewer than three of the world’s top 10 players took part. The country of 52 million people has a disproportionate share of the women’s world golf rankings, providing eight of the current top 20. In a demonstration of their prominence, South Korean women have won at least one major every season since 2010, with coronavirus cancellations perhaps the biggest threat to their run this year. The phenomenon, players and commentators have said, results from driven parents, intense training, a highly