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Over 3000 athletes from different cities across Taiwan converged on Tainan for the National Folk Sports Game took place in University of Tainan on October 27
. Crowd of people gathered to enjoy these remarkable traditional folk sports competition. The game is considered to be the foremost traditional sports contest in Taiwan with several folk sports to compete at, including, Chinese yo-yo(
), skipping rope, shuttlecock kicking (
dragon dance, lion dance, devil stick (
), brick juggling (
) and traditional parade(
) . Participants have been classified into three categories based on their level of education.
“According to research, sufficient exercise could increase the
dopamine in brain to reinforce kids learning efficiency,” minister of sports administration said, “With many years promotion, we have drawn more students’ attention to traditional folk sports. Regularly
participating in these sports not only could keep us fit and healthy but
also pass down our tradition to next generation. ”
The audience was overwhelmed by the unique sound of traditional Chinese trumpet (
) which was performed by the first prize winner team, the students from Jhong-jheng primary school. The harsh training program lasted for quite a long time, but nevertheless the students were pleased that all of the hard work had paid off. Jhuo-lan high school dragon dance society, the veteran team, presented their play in a novel combination of ballet music and folk-style dragon dance choreography.