The 29th Summer Universiade at Taipei City was successfully concluded on August 30. The Team from Taiwan performed brilliantly during the event, winning 90 medals, including 26 gold, which represented a Taiwanese record.
The never-give-up spirit of the Taiwanese athletes deeply touched the hometown crowd. And to show their appreciation, the Taipei City government and the National Ministry of Education held a ticker tape parade for all of the athletes.
The athletes road in a line of automobiles that stretched for 9 kilometers, and all along the parade route, the crowds jammed both sides of the road and cheered.
One spectator along the route said: “There are so many touching memories. When the first gold medal was bestowed to the record-breaking weightlifter Hsing-Chun Kuo, I was so moved that tears came to my eyes.” Another person commented: “It took years of hard training for a few seconds of competition, so I’m here to support them and give my thanks.”
When the fleet of cars passed Guanqian Road, people waved flags and responded with roaring cheers. And upon reaching the “hero valley” section of the city, a rain of gold ticker tape flew down from the high-rise buildings.
One fan noted: “We are very excited that so many athletes made Taiwan proud. We are simply delighted.”
Another commented: “This moment is extremely moving for me. The whole competition concluded wonderfully, and the people Taiwan supported the games either in front of TV or in the stadiums. I’m deeply touched and very proud of Taiwan.”
Before the parade, President Tsai told the athletes: “Once you leave here, you will hear cheering from the Taiwanese people. Enjoy it, because it belongs to you. This summer is yours!”
Translated by Jean Chen.