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Over 5,000 Taiwanese athletes to compete in Kinmen County Games

Biennial event takes place on offshore island as Taiwan keeps coronavirus at bay

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Athletes march at opening ceremony of 2020 Kinmen County Games. 

Athletes march at opening ceremony of 2020 Kinmen County Games.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's offshore Kinmen County welcomed 5,024 local athletes to its biennial county games on Thursday (Nov. 5) as Taiwan continues to hold COVID-19 at bay.

During the opening ceremony of the 22nd Kinmen County Games, Magistrate Yang Cheng-wu (楊鎮浯) pointed out the offshore island has recorded zero coronavirus infections since the pandemic began. He said the sporting event celebrates the culture and vitality of the region.

Yang said he was filled with a competitive spirit after seeing such a large crowd at the ceremony. He believes Kinmen will continue to prosper and shine as brightly as fireworks, reported CNA.

Many of the participating athletes have come from the main island of Taiwan to represent their townships. Meanwhile, 955 performers and cheerleaders were also at Kinmen Stadium to celebrate the event, which will run until Saturday (Nov. 7).

The Games feature 11 sports, including track, basketball, badminton, softball, table tennis, taekwondo, swimming, tennis, woodball, relay races, and carnival games. The contestants compete in different categories based on their age and gender, according to Liberty Times.

Over 5,000 Taiwanese athletes to compete in Kinmen County Games
People gather at Kinmen Stadium Thursday to celebrate the biennial sporting event. (CNA photo)