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Vienna City Marathon impressively takes the stage.The event goes ahead amidst a pandemic

2021-09-16
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The Vienna City Marathon was a grand occasion as usual. The Austrian government adopted extremely strict screening rules to guard against COVID-19.
The Vienna City Marathon was a grand occasion as usual. The Austrian government adopted extremely strict screening rules to guard against COVID-19.
Former official in the Nuclear Energy Division of the Taipei Economic and Culture Office in Austria Henry Hung pinned on an ROC flag when participating in the 38th Vienna City Marathon.
Former official in the Nuclear Energy Division of the Taipei Economic and Culture Office in Austria Henry Hung pinned on an ROC flag when participating in the 38th Vienna City Marathon.
Austria-resident artist Hsieh Mei-fang  pinned on an ROC flag when participating in the 38th Vienna City Marathon.
Austria-resident artist Hsieh Mei-fang  pinned on an ROC flag when participating in the 38th Vienna City Marathon.

Planning of the first Vienna City Marathon (VCM) began in early 1983. It was jointly promoted by a group of keen Austrian runners, politicians and sponsors and strongly supported by the national athletics association (Österreichischer Leichtathletik-Verband. After almost a year of effort, the first VCM was held on March 25, 1984.

Last year’s VCM was cancelled due to COVID-19. This year, the event was delayed until September 12 to allow the vaccination rate to be sufficiently high. The Austrian government adopted the highest level of measures to protect participants, including provision of vaccination record, PCR and anti-body testing, implementing very strict epidemic prevention standards. Disinfectant and a special nasal spray that resists viral mucosa infection were available free on site, significantly reducing the risk of infection and spread of the virus.

Former official in the Nuclear Energy Division of the Taipei Economic and Culture Office in Austria Henry Hung and Austria-resident veteran artist Hsieh Mei-fang enthusiastically took part in the VCM this year. The ROC national flags they pinned on for the run caught the eye even amidst a crowd of runners. Even though the flags were quickly swallowed by the massed runners, both hoped to tell the world: Taiwan is also taking part in this international event, Taiwan is not absent.

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