Reporter Chen Zhengyu/Taipei Report
The Taiwanese badminton men’s doubles “Lin Yang Pair” Wang Qilin and Li Yang won the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympic badminton men’s doubles on July 31. President Tsai Ing-wen immediately called to congratulate him. After receiving a call from Tsai Ing-wen, Li Yang also shared the picture of the call on Instagram and said “Really exciting.”
▲ After Li Yang (left) and Wang Qilin (right) won the gold medal, Tsai Ing-wen immediately called to congratulate him. (Photo/Provided by the Chinese Olympic Committee delegation)
Men’s Doubles World No. 3 “Lin Yang Match”, earlier defeated China’s Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen 21-18, 21-12, won the first Olympic gold medal in Taiwan badminton history, and also the seventh gold medal in Taiwan’s Olympic history.
In addition to congratulating on Facebook, Tsai Ing-wen also revealed that she just couldn’t help but call Tokyo, talked to “Taiwan Shengyun”, and told Wang Qilin and Li Yang for everyone, “The whole Taiwan is watching your game, and it’s for you. crazy!”
In this regard, Li Yang also shared this picture on IG. He stood aside and watched Wang Qilin’s call, and wrote “Really exciting” and attached a sweaty smiley emoji.
▼▲ Tsai Ing-wen asked Wang Qilin and Li Yang face to face why they formed a golden partner in just two years. (Information photo/Provided by the Presidential Palace)
In fact, after the Badminton World Federation (BWF) year-end finals held in Thailand ended, Tsai Ing-wen met Wang Qilin and Li Yang at the Presidential Palace in February this year. At that time, Tsai Ing-wen asked “Linyang Match” specifically, why did he form a golden partner in just two years? Wang Qilin said with a smile, “I am very grateful to the country, the National Sports Administration, and the association for supporting me for sponsoring me. Thank you also to the Land Bank for signing me from high school. In 2014, I was assigned to our coach Chen Honglin. From 2014 to 2018, Chen Honglin took the lead. I, let my skills and on-court experience become more and more mature.”
Wang Qilin also revealed, “Because Li Yang and I are middle school classmates, we know each other very well and maintain a very good understanding of each other. Chen Honglin understands our situation very well, and after becoming a coach, he amplifies our shortcomings and keeps attacking our shortcomings. , Let us know where we need to improve and continue to strengthen in order to compete with the players in the international competition. Thank you for your help, to have today’s results, and thank the Land Bank for giving me the opportunity. Because the land bank is in the area of official staff opening It has always been a difficult problem. I hope the president can help me.”
Li Yang further explained the difficulties faced by badminton players, “Because our company (Land Bank) has very few job vacancies, and there are only 16 places plus coaches. I think the top badminton players who are professional in Taiwan are very happy, and they are well received by the government. Take care. But today I want to tell you the President that some players who are stuck in the middle are very pitiful and cannot get resources, because their results are not high, and they are likely to give up the road of sports when they are lost, because I have walked a similar path. , So I know how hesitated in a difficult time. Today I want to tell the president about this, because the Land Bank has only 16 vacancies and it is very difficult and hard for the grassroots badminton.”