ROC team tak­ing part in world po­lice, fire games

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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