8th Asia Pa­cific Deaf Games to be held in Taoyuan in Oc­to­ber

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY GRACE TING- ANN LEE

The eighth Asia Pa­cific Deaf Games will take place in Taoyuan from Oct. 3 to 11, city and sports of­fi­cials an­nounced yesterday in an in­ter­na­tional press con­fer­ence in Taipei.

Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wentsan ( ) an­nounced that over 1,500 ath­letes from 22 coun­tries will par­tic­i­pate in 12 dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines, in­clud­ing track and field, swimming, tae kwon do, judo, bowl­ing, bad­minton, ta­ble ten­nis, ten­nis, bas­ket­ball, soc­cer, fut­sal and cy­cling.

For many hear­ing- im­paired ath­letes, the Asia Pa­cific Deaf Games is the sec­ond- big­gest ath­letic event af­ter the Deafly­mpics. Start­ing as a bi­en­nial Deaf Football Cham­pi­onship with only four coun­tries in 1983, the game has ex­panded over the years and is now a com­pre­hen­sive sports com­pe­ti­tion held once ev­ery four years, in which over 20 coun­tries par­tic­i­pate.

The spokesper­son of the games is a 22-year-old track and field ath­lete of Tai­wan’s na­tional team, Wang Shih-wei ( ), who cur­rently en­joys the na­tional record for deaf sprint run­ning. “Due to hear­ing prob­lems, I might fall be­hind at the start, but I al­ways catch up.” Wang said in his ad­ver­tise­ment, which cor­re­sponds with the theme this year, “the power of si­lence,” show­ing his strong de­ter­mi­na­tion and per­se­ver­ance in­stead of yield­ing to phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions.

Spe­cial guest deaf model and TV host Wang Xiao-shu ( ), en­cour­aged deaf ath­letes by shar­ing her story of how she over­came her dis­ad­van­tages through hard work to fi­nally suc­ceed. Wang also stated that peo­ple should sup­port the games and cheer for the ath­letes, for “only with love in this world, can we, the hear­ing dis­abled, show our ‘silent power,’” she said.

“We want to show how much more touch­ing and pow­er­ful the games of the hear­ing dis­abled can be,” Cheng said, also stat­ing her hope that peo­ple can ex­pe­ri­ence the warmth and charm of Taoyuan through­out the games.

Cour­tesy of Sports Af­fairs Coun­cil

Mod­els pose for a photo at an an­nounce­ment event for the Asia Pa­cific Deaf Games in Taoyuan, yesterday. The event will take place in Taoyuan from Oct. 3 to 11.

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