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SA and Chinese Taipei build on sporting relationships
- Updated: April 2, 2014
By Mark Etheridge
The National Olympic Committees of South Africa and Chinese Taipei will continue to build on their working relationships in sport, as confirmed by Wednesday’s visit to Cape Town by the President of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee, Mr Hong-Dow Lin.
Lin was hosted by SASCOC President Mr Gideon Sam at a function to elaborate on the sporting relationship between the two nations.
“This visit serves to confirm the working relationship that we have in sport,” said Sam, pictured with Lin (right). “As we speak the champion Chinese Taipei tug-of-war team are in our country for a two-week tour and at the same time we have a boys and girls table tennis team doing the same in Chinese Taipei.
“Our two countries have an excellent relationship in the code of tug-of-war and there will be Tests between them in Bloemfontein, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
“We are tapping into the Chinese Taipei’s expertise in codes such as weightlifting, table tennis and badminton and coaching and technical support in these areas and in turn we can help in providing knowledge in the rugby sevens field.
“The people of South Africa are very grateful to the people of Chinese Taipei for this exchange of knowledge.”
Sam also said that the exchange was not necessarily limited to sport. “I can see definite ideas of exchange in things like food security going forward.”
For his turn, President Lin said: “Our two countries have had a cooperation agreement since 2009 and SASCOC and South Africa are the first African country that we have signed an agreement with. The sports exchange is now fully operational.
“It was President Sam who came to Chinese Taipei in December last year to facilitate this visit and with our women’s tug-of-war team having won 16 gold medals in the last five years they have lots of knowledge to give.
“We know that you have very skilled athletes in sports like soccer, athletics, cricket, rugby, rowing, golf, boxing and tennis and we can certainly assist with our skills in, amongst others, taekwondo, weightlifting and archery. We will most certainly invite your athletes to Chinese Taipei.”
Lin also referred to the organisational skills of South Africa. “We admire your skills in hosting big sporting events like the soccer, cricket and rugby World Cups and we would also like to learn from you in this regard.”
Commenting on the SA table tennis contingent in Chinese Taipei, he elaborated: “My colleagues say the boys and girls are having a great time, it’s just our food they are taking time getting used to.”
Picture: Amy Bode