- 10 September 2010 | Windsurfing
The Official Olympic Windsurfing Class, RS:X, are holding the Asian Championships in Penghu from the 1st to the 10th of October 2010. This being an International event with no less than 7 Olympic athletes should serve as a great attraction.
The equipment is standard, so the athletes are the ones to make the difference. The event in Penghu has attracted probably the biggest turnout of countries for an Asian Continental, with teams booked to come from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Phillippines, Australia, Malaysia, Iran, Singapore, Japan, Thailand and Taiwan.
There will be 13 Youth athletes, 26 Men and 6 Women competing in their different classes for the titles.
Unfortunately, Korea have their National games at the same time as the RS:X Asian Championships. Korea boasts the largest number of RS:X competitors in Asia next to China. They have the largest youth fleet. The Korean team have shown interest in taking part in future training camps in Penghu.
As the event will more than likely have strong wind, athletes are taking the opportunity to use Penghu as a training ground in the lead up to the Asian games to be held in San Wei. This is especially so as there is some uncertainty as to when the Asian Games venue will be open for pre-event training. The team from Iran will remain in Penghu for 2 weeks and the Thai team will also return later in October for training.
The event organizers are confident that following the contest in Penghu, there will be great interest to make Penghu a central training ground to enable athletes to gather and train in numbers. Training in Penghu can be done under a very modest budget.
There is the chance that President Ma may attend the closing ceremony on October 9th.