Taiwan IOC member urges boxers to aim for Olympics
CNATAIPEI -- The two Taiwanese boxers who won gold medals at the 2013 Women's Youth/Junior World Boxing Championships should work towards competing in the Olympics, Taiwan's only member in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Saturday.
September 30, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
IOC member Wu Ching-kuo, who also serves as president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), encouraged the Taiwanese athletes after he presented their medals to them at an event held in the Black Sea resort town of Albena, Bulgaria, according to Tseng Tzu-chiang, a coach with the Taiwanese team.
Chen Nien-chin grabbed the gold medal in the junior division's 75 kg event on Saturday, while later in the day Lin Yu-ting won the title in the youth division's 51 kg group — Taiwan's first winner in this age group.
“The date of Sept. 28, 2013 is the most historical moment for Taiwan's boxing in the global sport arena,” Tseng quoted Wu as saying, during a telephone interview with CNA.
Wu also told the Taiwanese athletes that he is proud and impressed by their victory.
The Taiwanese boxers and their coaches should set their sights on the Olympics, Wu said, and he will ask the Sports Administration to assist them in competing at the Olympics.
Wu pushed for the inclusion of women's boxing as an official sport in the Olympic Games after he took over the AIBA presidency in 2006, and this become a reality at the 2012 London Olympics.
Meanwhile, Tseng thanked the people at home for their support of the Taiwanese team and said team members will continue their efforts to write boxing history.
Twelve Taiwanese boxers took part in the second championship tournament, with final matches being held on Saturday. The event was first held in 2011.