Taiwanese Athletes Shine in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Tokyo hosted the 32nd summer Olympics from July 23 to August 8 this year, and approximately 11,000 people from 205 countries participated. The games featured 33 different sports, and 339 events offering opportunities to win medals.
The Sports Administration of the Ministry of Education, the Chinese Taipei Olympics Committee, and the Education Division of the Taipei Economic and Representative Office (TECRO) in Japan worked closely together for more than two years preparing for the games. The Sports Administration and the Chinese Taipei Olympics Committee organized delegations that visited Japan twice to inspect the competition venues and the accommodation. Education Division staff accompanied and assisted the inspection delegation from Taiwan. The Education Division was responsible for contact with the Olympics Organizing Committee in Japan during the preparation stage and TECRO Japan provided logistical support for the Chinese Taipei teams and support personnel during the Tokyo Olympics Games.
Strict epidemic prevention measures never used in previous Olympic Game were put in place to protect public health from the novel coronavirus pandemic. For example, the general public were not permitted to attend any Olympics event as spectators and cheer on the competitors.
Taiwan’s Olympic athletes – 33 men and 35 women - participated in 57 competitions in 18 sports in this serious atmosphere, and they won 12 medals: two gold (Weightlifting – women’s 59kg, Badminton – men’s doubles); four silver (Judo – men’s 60 kg, Archery – men’s team, Gymnastics – men’s pommel horse, Badminton - women’s singles) and six bronze (Taekwondo – women’s 57kg, Table tennis – mixed doubles, Weightlifting – women’s 64kg, Golf – men’s individual, Karate – women’s 55kg, Boxing – women’s 51kg). Their total score ranked 6th among Asian countries and 34th in the world, the best result Taiwan’s athletes have ever achieved in Olympic competitions, and an inspiring tribute to the long-term efforts of the athletes and their coaches.