Chinese Taipei’s boxing reached the top level with Mr. Lee Wu Nan’s leadership
Mr. Lee Wu Nan is the President of the Chinese Taipei Boxing Association who worked hard to develop boxing in the country in the recent years. Chinese Taipei did finally a sensational breakthrough in the world’s boxing life in 2016 when two of their young boxers qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Mr. Lee Wu Nan was born in Pingtung and as a boxer he won the National Championships in Chinese Taipei six times. When he retired from boxing as an athlete he served Chinese Taipei as coach with great successes. Mr. Lee Wu Nan is member of the Chinese Taipei National Olympic Committee and Vice-President of the Chinese Taipei Sports Association.
Chinese Taipei developed well in the recent years and their women boxers joined to the bests in the Asian continent. Lin Yu Ting and Chen Nien Chin claimed gold medals in the 2013 AIBA Women’s Youth & Junior World Boxing Championships in Albena and since then Chinese Taipei achieved medals in all of the important women events.
– Could you please introduce your country’s boxing life?
– Chinese Taipei has got history in boxing but our most successful era has come in the recent years when our developing programs were delivered for us medals in the main AIBA and ASBC events as well. We have got several national events for all of the age groups and for both genders every year in order to develop the sport in Chinese Taipei.
We hosted the Asian Junior Boxing Championships in 1995 which was our first big international event in the country. In that event we claimed one gold, four silver and three bronze medals and following that we hosted the next edition of the Asian Junior Boxing Championships as well.
Starting from 2004 Chinese Taipei Boxing Association promoted women’s boxing and hosted several events for the female boxers to strengthen national diplomacy: International Women’s Boxing Invitational Tournament in 2004, Asian Women’s Boxing Championships in 2005, the Asian Youth Boxing Invitational Tournament in 2006 and the AIBA Women’s Youth & Junior World Boxing Championships in 2015.
We achieved medals in all of the previous important women events including the 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. We had an Olympian boxer in Atlanta in 1996 and after 20 years of hiatus two of our boxers qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Our qualified athletes, Lai Chu En and Chen Nien Chin both are still young boxers and their best years are still to come.
– Would you like to tell us your strategic plans for the future and the key developments in your country?
– We sent big delegations to all of the continental events this year to the ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships to Tashkent, to the ASBC Asian Confederation Youth Boxing Championships to Bangkok and record number of boxers to the ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships to Puerto Princesa.
We are planning to continue to compete in the international competitions with as many boxers as possible to raise the number of the international bouts of our athletes, especially in the ASBC events and also in the Asian Games in 2018.
– What are the main strengths and issues in your boxing life?
– We have not got enough boxers in Chinese Taipei and hard to keep them in the sport after their high school and university studies but we are working hard to manage our programs and strategic plans in all aspects of boxing.