Taiwan Athletes Show Outstanding Performance at Shizuoka Marathon
At the invitation of Japan’s Shizuoka City, the Department of Sports (DOS) led a delegation to participate in the Shizuoka Marathon on March 5.The delegation was led by DOS Deputy Commissioner Tsai Pei-lin and comprised local athletes Vincent Li and Lai Yi-ting. The athletes showed outstanding performance at the event, claiming third and fifth places in respective categories.Since the signing of the friendship MOU between Taipei Marathon and Shizuoka Marathon on December 20, 2014, the two cities have been conducting marathon exchanges for three years. Through this visit, the two sides exchanged event organization experience and discussed topics ranging from athletes to administrative support approaches. The City delegation arrived in Shizuoka on March 3 and met with local diginitaries including Deputy Governor of Shizuoka Prefecture Akihito Yoshibayashi, Shizuoka City Mayor Nobuhiro Tanabe, City Council Leader Hiroyuki Kurita, and Shizuoka City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Kimio Sakai.In addition to meeting local leaders, the delegation also visited local sports facilities including Shizuoka’s Kusanagi Sports Complex and Nishigaya Sogo Athletic Field.