Wed, Jul 30, 2003 - Page 4 News List

Police officers win medals in judo and wrestling in Spain


Chinese Taipei grabbed two more silver and three bronze medals Monday on the second day of the 2003 World Police and Fire Games in Barcelona, Spain, National Police Administration officials said yesterday.

Police officers Chang Shou-chung (張守忠) and Si Chia-chen (司家楨) each won a silver medal in the men's judo competition, while their colleague Chang Sheng-tung (張聲同) bagged a bronze medal in the same competition.

Officers Liu Wen-deng (劉文等) and Yeh Hsin-hung (葉信宏) each won a bronze medal in the men's wrestling competition.

On the first day of the games, which opened last Sunday and will run until Sunday, members of the Chinese Taipei team won two gold, one silver and two bronze medals, in the men's and women's judo competitions.

During the opening ceremony Sunday, the Chinese Taipei team entered the stadium waving big Republic of China flags.

The Chinese team protested the display, but in vain. They then withdrew from the opening ceremony, according to officials from the NPA's Public Relations Office.

Liu Shih-lin (劉世林), who is heading the 52-member Chinese Taipei team, ridiculed the Chinese for polluting purely sports events with politics.

The Chinese Taipei team is taking part in eight events, including martial arts, shooting, golf, tennis, billiards, badminton and track & field, officials said.

The World Police and Fire Games Federation was founded by a group of active and retired police officers in California in 1970 with the aim of promoting physical fitness and sports among the law enforcement and fire-fighting communities around the world.

The first of the biennial games was held in San Jose, California, in 1985, with some 5,000 participants from around the world.

The games in Indianapolis in 2001 were the largest to date with 9,000 participants.

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