To celebrate the Olympic Day and Dragon Boat Festival, Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) invites international partners from Australian Office in Taipei and Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association to form a dragon boat team, named “Olympic Friendship”, to participate in the upcoming Dragon Boat Racing, which kicks off the Olympic Day celebration.

Though the whole world is under such uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CTOC is dedicated to conveying the positive attitude and the importance of health through sports. Consisting of move, learn and discover, Olympic Day celebration, conducted between June and September in Chinese Taipei, will be the beacon to bring the world united by sports.

The idea of “Olympic Friendship” comes from Olympic Values: “Excellence, Friendship, Respect”, which stands for the image of ship. The team trains twice a week, including dry land and boat session. So far “Olympic Friendship” has done several training sessions under professional coaching.

“Olympic Friendship” made their debut on June 6 in 2020 Taipei City Dragon Boat Eye Dotting and River Worshiping Ceremony. The purpose of the ceremony is to invoke the spirit of the dragon, and to appease the Goddess of the sea. Moreover, “Olympic Friendship” will also compete in 2020 New Taipei City Dragon Boat Speaker Cup on June 25 and 26.

The goal of this event not only about culture exchange, but the unity spirit we learned from the training. Specially, in this hard time, CTOC echo #StayActive, #StayStrong and #StayHealthy.

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