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Taiwan excels at taekwondo championships

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Chinese Taipei youth taekwondo team was received by a cheering crowd at the airport after returning home with two gold and two bronze medals at the first ever Cadet Taekwondo Championship.

Organized by the World Taekwondo Federation, the inaugural cadet championship was held in Baku, Azerbaijan for youth aged between 12 and 14. Although this year's event was the first of its kind, it drew 574 athletes, accompanied with over 200 officials from 65 countries.

The games were held from July 24 to 27 and refereed by 60 international referees, featuring 10 male and 10 female weight categories: the men's -33 kilograms, -37kg, -41kg, -45kg, -49kg, -53kg, -57kg, -61kg, -65kg, and +65kg, and the women's -29kg, -33kg, -37kg, -41kg,-44kg, -47kg, -51kg, -55kg,-59kg and +59kg.

The female competitors on the Chinese Taipei team took home two golds and two bronzes, also awarded with third place in team performance.

The young Taiwanese competitors were greeted by their parents, teachers and younger schoolmates at the airport; many team members were teary eyed at the reunion and the reminder of their victories.

“I am grateful for the support of my family, my teachers in school and of course my taekwondo coach. I will continue to sharpen my skills and win more medals for Taiwan in the future,” said Chen Chih-dieh, one of the gold medal winners.

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The team members of the Chinese Taipei youth taekwondo team pose for a photo at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, yesterday. The team was received by a cheering crowd at the airport after returning home with two gold and two bronze medals at the first ever Cadet Taekwondo Championship. (CNA)

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