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Sports head promises 15 gold from games

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

National Council of Physical Fit-ness and Sports Chairman Chen Chuan-shou (陳全壽) yesterday said he would resign if Taiwanese athletes don't bring home at least 15 gold medals from the 15th Asian Games in Doha.

"I will quit if our athletes do not win more than 15 gold medals during the Asian Games this year," Chen told Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) during yesterday morning's weekly Cabinet meeting.

In response, Su called on the athletes who are participating in the event to do their best so Chen could stay on in his post.

"He [Chen] is a remarkable official and we want him to stay. He is one of those rare athletes who also possesses a medical degree," said Cabinet Spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦), quoting Su's remarks during a press conference held following the Cabinet meeting.

Cheng said that international games gave Taiwanese athletes an opportunity to introduce themselves and Taiwan to the world.

Chen went on to note how Taiwanese pitchers Wang Chien-ming (王建民) and Kuo Hong-chih's (郭泓志) outstanding performances had helped put Taiwan on the map, bringing the nation to a world audience.

"Their remarkable performances in the major league baseball games did made people stand up and take notice of Taiwanese athletes and this country," Cheng said.

In addition to the two major league baseball pitchers, Cheng also mentioned Taiwan's La New Bears which beat the Samsung Lions, the Korean Professional Baseball League champions, to take second place during the Konami Cup Asia Series this year.

"These athletes made us proud," Cheng said.

Cheng said Su would also encourage more local enterprises to sponsor or get involved in sports so more athletes could compete in international contests.

"The premier said he would love to see the government come up with more policy mechanisms to encourage more enterprises or businessmen to [get involved in baseball]," Cheng said.

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