The Tokyo Olympic badminton women’s singles battle for gold ended on Aug. 1 with World No. 1 female badminton player Tai Tzu-Ying (戴資穎) losing to China’s Chen Yufei (陳雨菲) in the final.
With a score of 1:2, Tai won Taiwan’s first-ever Olympic silver medal in badminton.
On Aug. 2, Tai took to Instagram to share her post-match feelings, writing “Stepping on this dream stage for the third time, I finally made it to the final. Though I couldn’t stand at number 1, which is always a bit regrettable, imperfections always exist, so I have the motivation to pursue a better result.”
She also thanked her fans, supporters, and audience watching from home. She added that although the final results were a bit cruel, all she can do is accept it and know she did her best.
Tai also said she wasn’t sure if she would have the opportunity to compete in the next Olympics but wanted to tell herself that she’s already “great.”
As Taiwanese fans cheer on the phenomenal athlete, the Badminton World Federation (BWF, 世界羽球聯盟) also took to commenting on a classic Taiwanese song under Tai’s Instagram post to show their support.
The BWF praised Tai’s excellent performance in this year’s Olympic Games and expressed their hopes to see more of the athlete in the future.
The BWF quoted lyrics from Taiwanese singer Wu Bai’s popular song “Rushing” (衝衝衝) and wished her to continue improving in the future.
Many social media users also left comments under the post, expressing their surprise at the sudden use of Taiwanese by the BWF.
“Such a nice surprise to see the BWF’s social media team commenting in Taiwanese!” one commented.
Another happily wrote, “the song is a classic” while another seconded this opinion, adding “I can’t help but sing it when I hear it.”
Some also complimented the BWF for the nice gesture, and many also expressed their joy over the revelation that “the BWF is also a fan of Taiwan singer Wu Bai.”