OLYMPICS/Taiwan holds flag waving ceremony for Winter Olympic athletes

Taiwan held a flag waving ceremony in Taipei on Wednesday to send off its delegation to Beijing for next month's Winter Olympics, though none of the athletes expected to compete were on hand.

Members of Taiwan's delegation, which will consist of four to six athletes, three coaches, two medical personnel, and five administrative officers, will begin leaving for Beijing from Taiwan or their training locations overseas starting Jan. 25.

At present, four Taiwanese athletes have qualified to compete in the Winter Olympics, being held Feb. 4-20.

They are speed skater Huang Yu-ting (???), who will compete in the women's 500m, 1000m, and 1500m races, skiers Lee Wen-yi (???) and Ho Ping-jui (???), who will appear in the men's and women's giant slalom, respectively, and Lin Sin-rong (???), who will take part in the luge women's singles.

None of them could attend the send-off Wednesday because they are either training abroad or, in the case of Ho, still in quarantine-related protocols in Taiwan.

Two more athletes are currently on a reserve waiting list and will know if they qualify for the Winter Olympics by Saturday, the Sports Administration said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel