A 38-member delegation, comprising Taiwan’s national Paralympic team, coaches, support staff and officials, departed for Japan on Sunday to take part in the Tokyo Paralympics Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.
At the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, which were postponed from last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 10 Taiwanese athletes will compete in table tennis, powerlifting, badminton, judo, swimming, and track and field.
Judoka Lee Kai-lin (???), who won a silver medal at the 2012 London Paralympics, said she was looking forward to her third Games.
Lee said she has managed to stay fit, physically and psychologically, and hopes to follow in the footsteps of Yang Yung-wei (???), who won a silver medal in judo at the Tokyo Olympics last month.
First time Paralympic swimmer Chen Liang-da (???) said he wants to not only make a breakthrough but also enjoy the two-week Games.
Chen said, however, that he has to take it easy and not put too much pressure on himself, because he was forced to suspend training for two months due to the domestic COVID-19 outbreak in Taiwan over the past few months.
Powerlifter Lin Ya-hsuan (???), who will be competing for the sixth time in the Paralympics, said composure is the key to successful participation in the Games.
“I used to be very nervous when I was trying to give my best performance, but the higher my expectations, the more likely I was to mess up,” she said.
he other six members of the Taiwan delegation, including the badminton team, will head to Tokyo on Aug. 27.
Those who departed Sunday were all in high spirits, according to Lin Che-hung (???), deputy director-general of the Sports Administration, who was part of the 32-member Taiwan delegation.
“Participation in the Games itself is a victory,” Lin said.
Nonetheless, he said, he hopes Taiwan will increase its best Paralympic medal count this year from one silver and one bronze.
The 2020 Tokyo Paralympics will be held over 13 days, from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5, with some 160 countries expected to participate.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel