The pandemic has already compromised athletes' training and preparation. Now, 32 Chinese Taipei athletes qualifying for the Games have to wait until next year to compete. And many of them receive the news of postponement with mixed feelings. The Chinese Taipei Olympic Association said it will provide them with counseling.
To date, 32 Chinese Taipei athletes have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in 10 events. These athletes will not be affected by the postponement of the Olympics. The fate of athletes that have not yet qualified, however, is up to individual sports associations.
Even within group (sports events), Chinese Taipei has already gone through the set confirmation process and mechanisms determining which athletes will be representing (Chinese Taipei). This should not change, unless athletes have some situation that occurs later on.
The postponement has thrown a wrench in the works of the training schedules of athletes and particularly older athletes. Sports Administration Director-General Kao Chin-hsung says he has spoken with athletes and they have mixed emotions.
You do feel it's kind of a pity to have to wait. On the other hand, you have more time to train and prepare. They are all feeling anxious right now about the uncertainty, albeit to varying degrees.
Our athletes' careers come to an end around the age of 24 or 25. For example, if (the opponent) Chih-kai (Lee) faced in London on the pommel horse is already 28, he would be at a disadvantage two years later.
The administration says it will provide counseling for athletes. No decision has yet been made on whether the National High School Games, National Intercollegiate Athletic Games and National Disabled Games will be postponed.