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2008.0508

NTNU Athletes Vow to Take Home 50 Gold Medals

<p><font face="Arial">By Vickie Lo<br /> Assistant Coordinator</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) athletes geared up and vowed for the championship of the 2008 National Intercollegiate Athletic Game (NIAG) today, when President Gou Yih-shun (郭義雄) handed a NTNU flag to Director of Physical Education and Sports Jwo Jium-chem (卓俊辰), who will lead NTNU athletes to NIAG this year.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;'Honor&rsquo; shall always be your middle name,&rdquo; Gou said.&nbsp; &ldquo;I would believe that it will not be difficult for every one of you to win a gold medal, but I hope that each one of you would fight like a man, like an honest man, until the end.&rdquo;</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">NIAG will be hosted by National Changhua University of Education in Changhua from May 9 to May 13.&nbsp; A total of 5,788 athletes, including 242 NTNU athletes, from 162 colleges participated in 12 games, including fencing, wood ball, judo, swimming, badminton, archery, karate, track and field, table tennis, Taekwondo, tennis and gymnastics.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Badminton match-ups have been held prior to the grand opening of NIAG on May 9.&nbsp; Chien Yu-chin (簡毓瑾), a third-year graduate from NTNU&rsquo;s&nbsp;Department of Physical Education&nbsp;won herself a gold medal in women-single, which was also the first gold medal won by NTNU athletes prior to the opening.&nbsp; As of press time, NTNU&rsquo;s badminton players have won three silver medals and two bronze medals.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">NTNU athletes won a total of 44 gold medals from all kinds of games of the NIAG last year and the championship of all colleges.&nbsp; Jwo said that they will take home at least 50 gold medals and the grand championship again.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial"></font>&nbsp;</p>