ROC team taking part in world police, fire games
A 43-member team of judo and taekwondo fighters, as well as athletes in other sports, is representing Taiwan’s police and fire departments in the 2015 World Police and Fire Games being held in Fairfax County in the U.S. state of Virginia from June 26-July 5.
A total of 12,000 participants from 70 countries around the world are competing in 61 events, including judo, karate, taekwondo, wrestling, swimming, rifle and pistol shooting, triathlon and decathlon for individuals, and group contests of tug of war, ultimate firefighter and dragon boat.
Taiwanese expatriates attending the opening ceremony Friday at the RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., were excited to see in the parade of nations the Taiwanese team led by the national flag of the Republic of China, although the team was named as Chinese Taipei.
ROC Representative to the U.S. Shen Lyu-shun was also present at the opening ceremony. Referring to the showing of the ROC national flag in an international occasion, Shen commented that he did not like to see sports events being politicized but that the athletes from Taiwan should receive equal treatment. “Equality and dignity are the most important principles,” he said.
Fairfax County is hosting the bi-annual sports event. In 2017, the event will move to Canada, while Chengdu in central China will host the 2019 event.