Taiwan Men's Pole Vault Athlete Forced to Abandon Match

Taiwan Men's Pole Vault Athlete Forced to Abandon Match
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17-year-old Ye Yao-wen was forced to abandon the match because the airline refused to transport Ye's pole. But it is not the first time this has happened.

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Representing Taiwan in the men’s pole vault at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics, 17-year-old Ye Yao-wen was forced to abandon the match because the airline refused to transport Ye’s pole.

On his Facebook page, Ye says, “This happens every time. I’m always in a very good condition, but constantly forced to drop out of the game. Of all the countries in the world, Chinese Taipei was the only one that didn’t have a pole."

Legislator Xu Zhi-jie points out it is not the first time this has happened.

At the Asian Youth Athletics Championships held in Qatar this May, Ye’s pole also didn’t show up due to issues with the airline. The athlete had to borrow a pole at the last minute and still won the gold medal.

But the same situation took place again at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics, and Xu says, “It’s hard for Taiwanese athletes to perform well on the international platform when the government only wants to share the glory and refuses to provide any resources."

Wang Jing-cheng, secretary-general of the Chinese Taipei Track & Field Association, says the poles used in men’s pole vault are at least five foot long and are easily rejected by smaller aircrafts. Wang says they will ship the poles ahead of time in the future to avoid the same situation.

CNA reports Zheng Shi-zhong, deputy secretary-general of the Chinese Taipei Track & Field Association, says this was their first time making contact with South America. They were assured that poles would be provided at the scene, and the association always does its best to help out if it is a question of money.

Zheng says, “We do not want to spend ten million NTD on a flight ticket and have our players unable to take part in the game."

He also says the association will learn and improve from this experience with hopes that similar cases won’t take place again.

Translated by Olivia Yang

Sources:
CNA
Apple Daily
ETtoday