Yang Chuan-kwang's Olympic medal donated to sports training center

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Yang Chuan-kwang's Olympic medal donated to sports training center

Kaohsiung, July 4 (CNA) The son of late Taiwanese decathlete legend Yang Chuan-kwang (楊傳廣) on Wednesday donated his father's 1960 Olympic silver medal to the National Sports Training Center (NSTC).

Yang Chuan-kwang (楊傳廣) also known as the "Iron Man of Asia" / CNA file photo

Yang was the first Taiwanese athlete to win an Olympic medal, NSTC Chief Executive Officer Li Wen-bin (李文彬) said at a formal donation ceremony.

He said the silver decathlon medal will be placed in the center's hall of fame.

With just over 40 days to go before the start of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, the medal will serve as great encouragement and motivation to Taiwanese athletes preparing for the games, Li said.

Yang, known as the "Iron Man of Asia," was a decathlete who represented the Republic of China (Taiwan) at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games and won the first-ever Olympic medal for the country. He died of a stroke in 2007.

Yang Chuan-kwang (楊傳廣) / CNA file photo

At Wednesday's ceremony, his son Cedric Yang (楊世運) said his late father was passionate about sports and loved Taiwan.

He said that even though his father has passed away but his spirit is still with the family and they wish to donate the medal to the NSTC to remind everyone of his father's love and dedication to Taiwan, said Cedric Yang, who returned from the United States with his two daughters to bring the medal.

Cedric Yang (楊世運, left) and NSTC Chief Executive Officer Li Wen-bin (李文彬, right)

The donation ceremony was also attended by NSTC board member Chen Chuan-shou (陳全壽), National Taiwan Sport University President Kao Chin-hsung (高俊雄), and Wang Han-chung (王漢忠), head of the Education Sports Administration Planning Division.

(By Chen Chi-fong and William Yen)

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