Vice president gives pep talk to Taiwan's Deaflympics athletes

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Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁); CNA file photo

Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁); CNA file photo

Taipei, July 14 (CNA) Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) on Friday gave encouragement to hearing-impaired Taiwanese athletes at a ceremony held in Taipei, saying he was confident they will perform well at the 2017 Summer Deaflympics in Turkey.

"I have confidence in each and every one of you," Chen said, adding that he believes everyone will give their all and return home triumphant.

Some 61 athletes from Taiwan will be competing next week in the world's longest running multi-sport event, being held this year in Samsun, Turkey from July 18-30.

Taiwan's official delegation will be led by Li Hsing-ta (李興達), who heads the Chinese Taipei Sports Association of the Deaf.

He received the Chinese Taipei Deaflympics flag from the vice president and said the team is well prepared and hopes to set new records for Taiwan in this year's events.

The team will compete in 12 disciplines -- athletics, badminton, table tennis, bowling, taekwondo, karate, swimming, basketball, tennis, shooting, mountain bike, and cycling road.

In the previous Summer Deaflympics games held in Bulgaria in 2015, Taiwan won 3 gold, 12 silver and 9 bronze medals.

Taiwan also hosted its first Summer Deaflympics games in 2009, where it won 33 medals -- 11 gold, 11 silver, and 11 bronze.

(By Hsieh Ching-wen and Ko Lin)

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