Sunday, September 6, 2009

Let the Games Begin!

The 21st Summer Deaf Olympics are underway in Taiwan. Yesterday's 12-part opening ceremony included Taiwanese pop star A-mei, Chinese martial arts actor Jet-Li and choreographed performances. Many of the performers were deaf. Taipei's Mayor spoke of the victims of the recent typhoon. Taiwan's president, Ma Ying-jeou, was also in attendance at the opening ceremonies.

The Chinese team did not march in the procession of athletes. Instead, a single athlete carried the country's flag. China blamed the absence on a scheduling problem but many believe the move was deliberate because Beijing frequently objects to Taiwan's participation in international events.

A record 4,000 athletes from 81 countries are registered to compete this year.