Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Finally... Fountain No. 5

Fountain Issue No. 5, about sports and exercise in Taiwan, is now out. I've been looking forward to this for a long time, as it includes four articles I wrote: One about the World Games, another on the various venues where Games events will be held (including the main stadium), a profile of Chi Cheng (an Olympic bronze medalist and one of the most famous athletes in Taiwan's history) and a short whitewater rafting piece.

I spent most of a day with Chi Cheng, touring Games sites and interviewing her about her sporting experiences in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as her role as CEO of the World Games Organizing Committee.

Unfortunately, just as Fountain was about to go to press, she was replaced as CEO, and now concentrates instead on international promotion for the Games. It's not the first time events have swept the ground from under me between finishing an article and it being published, but this was the most serious shock/annoyance of this kind I've yet experienced.

Fountain is backed by the Council for Cultural Affairs, a central government agency.

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