Tai­wan boxing champ vows to de­fend ti­tle

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wanese boxer Chen Nien-chin, who has kept up an im­pres­sive streak of wins since 2013, vowed Tues­day to de­fend her ti­tle in the up­com­ing bi­en­nial In­ter­na­tional Boxing As­so­ci­a­tion (AIBA) Women’s Ju­nior and Youth World Boxing Cham­pi­onships in Tai­wan.

“I hope I can win an­other gold medal for Tai­wan,” said Chen, who won the 75-kilo­gram weight cat­e­gory ti­tle at the 2013 cham­pi­onships in Bul­garia.

“The pres­sure is enor­mous this time, but I am very happy be­cause we are the home team,” Chen said.

“It is not easy to gather so many of the world’s top box­ers here be­cause Tai­wan is a very small coun­try.”

The 2015 AIBA Women’s Ju­nior and Youth World Boxing Cham­pi­onships will be held May 14-24 in New Taipei’s Xinzhuang Dis­trict. It will be the first time Tai­wan has hosted an in­ter­na­tional boxing cham­pi­onship. Box­ers from over 40 coun­tries, in­clud­ing 15 from Tai­wan, are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate.

At a press con­fer­ence in Taipei Tues­day, AIBA Pres­i­dent Wu Ching- kuo, who is from Tai­wan, said that 40 years ago, boxing en­joyed pop­u­lar­ity in Tai­wan, but the ap­peal later waned.

Over the past eight years in which he has served as AIBA pres­i­dent, boxing has achieved a high level of devel­op­ment in many coun­tries, Wu said.

“Now is a good op­por­tu­nity. We can­not miss this train,” he said. “I be­lieve the cham­pi­onships will boost the devel­op­ment of boxing in Tai­wan.”

Wu praised Chen as an ath­lete with “great po­ten­tial” and said the tour­na­ment in May could serve as a good warm-up for Chen be­fore the 2016 Rio Olympics.

For Chen, her eyes are also set on the 2016 Olympics.

“My goal is to qual­ify for the Olympics and stand on the Olympic stage,” Chen said.

Since few box­ers can match her skills in Tai­wan, Chen trains abroad and com­petes against in­ter­na­tional ath­letes.

To pre­pare for the May cham­pi­onships, Chen re­cently trav­eled to Ger­many to com­pete in the Queen’s Women’s Youth & Ju­nior Cup, where she took the ti­tle in the 75-kg weight cat­e­gory.

She also won a sil­ver medal in the Nan­jing 2014 Youth Olympic Games and a bronze medal at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Cham­pi­onships in Sofia, Bul­garia last year.

Chen’s coach Ko Wen- ming de­scribes the boxer as “gutsy and dar­ing” and said she per­forms well un­der stress and adapts to in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments bet­ter than most of her peers in Tai­wan.

On April 27, a com­pe­ti­tion will be held in Tai­wan to se­lect po­ten­tial Olympic box­ers, Ko said, adding that he be­lieves Tai­wan has a chance of win­ning medals in the 51-kg and 75-kg cat­e­gories in the 2016 Olympic women’s boxing.

Mean­while, Ho Jow-fei, di­rec­tor­gen­eral of the Sports Ad­min­is­tra­tion, said box­ers like Chen have laid a good foun­da­tion for Tai­wan.

“We def­i­nitely have a shot at the Olympic Games next year,” he said, adding that the gov­ern­ment will pay for Chen’s over­seas train­ing and help her find the best pos­si­ble coach.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Taiwan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.