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Tour de Taiwan to be part of next year's centennial: president

Tour de Taiwan to be part of next year's centennial: president

Taipei, Sept. 11 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Saturday that next year's annual Tour de Taiwan cycle race will be part of the celebrations for the nation's centennial.
The president said the Sports Affairs Council will stage the tour, patterned after the noted Tour de France, while local cities and counties will also sponsor various cycling events.
"We hope that cycling, a sport that promotes energy conservation and carbon emissions reduction, will become a major sport among Taiwanese people, " Ma said.
He made the remarks during a ceremony in which certificates were presented to new young adults who had just completed a 1,000-km ride around the country to celebrate their coming of age.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ma said that 5,000 youths took part in the "Ride of Adults" tour last year and that the number mushroomed to 25,000 this year, an increase that he said "couldn't make me feel more gratified." He expressed hope that the number will increase even further next year, and that cycling to celebrate the entry into adulthood -- a campaign initiated in Taiwan -- can become a "world drive." "Taiwan is a kingdom of bicycles, not only because it produces high-end bicycles but also because the people use them and have made them a symbol of Taiwan," Ma added.
The president recalled cycling 675 km from Oluanpi in the south of the island to Fukuichiao in the north three years ago, during which he thought about using cycling as a way to celebrate the coming-of-age, with 16-year-olds taking part in a 100-km ride, 18-year-olds riding 400 km and 20-year-olds doing the full 1,000 km.
"You feel attachment to the land when you pedal your way over every inch of it," he pointed out.
(By Lee Shu-hua and Lilian Wu)




Updated : 2021-03-01 22:27 GMT+08:00