President Tsai-ing wen presided over the flag-awarding ceremony ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. Only 4 athletes attended the ceremony in person due to the pandemic, with the process being livestreamed on the internet.
“Group Flag is flying. United we stand!”
Waving the Chinese Taipei group flag and wishing the Olympic delegation success at the Tokyo Olympics, President Tsai Ing-wen participated in the first online flag-awarding ceremony at the National Sports Training Center. Other attendees include the Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang, who will attend the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics later this month, as the representative of the Taiwan government and the Education Minister Pan Wen-chung, among others.
Tsai Ing-wen, President："We have the world No. 1 in the women's singles for badminton, the pommel horse prince, the best javelin thrower in Asia. There are so many extraordinary athletes from Taiwan in recent years and this is our golden generation."
Sixty-six athletes from Taiwan will participate in 18 sports competitions at the Tokyo Olympics. However, as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic, only 4 contestants, including Tai Tzu-ying and Lee Chih-kai, attended the flag-awarding ceremony. The Tokyo Olympics is the first postponed and spectator-free Olympics. And the general public is curious about how had athletes coped with the hardship, and whether they can fit into the audience-free competitions.
Tai Tzu-ying, Professional Badminton Player："Things seem uncertain at this stage due to the pandemic. The situation might be different from the previous games. So, I will do my best to adapt to every possible environment and fight unreservedly for the best result."
Lee Chih-kai, Gymnast:"(Did you bring anything special with you other than the necessities?) I would think that the virus prevention goods are the focus this time. There are numerous uncertainties this time around, so I think it's very important to take precautions."
Many athletes have also taken the time during which the Olympics was postponed to practice additionally. Lee said he has participated in numerous "simulated games" at the National Sports Training Center and hopes that he can perform his best at the Olympics.
體操選手 李智凱：「（除了收行李之外 你是不是有一些特別的物品也會帶著？)其實這次覺得重點是擺在防疫物資，因為畢竟這次充滿了不確定性比較多，所以其實對自己能夠做出更多的保護，其實是更重要的。」