This an edited version of a CNA story:
TOP SPORTS OFFICIAL HONORS CYCLING FAMILY
Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) The nation’s top sports official praised the sportsmanship of the four members of a Taipei cyclist family Friday who recently returned to Taiwan after their 13-month, 23,600-kilometer globe-trotting journey.
Chairman Lin Teh-fu of the National Council on Physical Fitness and Sports presented the family with a plaque and a check for NT$600,000 (US$17,390).
The elder son, Huang Chien-chia, wrote a two-volume book called “Going after your dreams by pedaling around the world” based on his observations along the way.
Chien-chia said that the two volumes chronicle their hardships, laughter and tears during the trip…
The council bought 3,000 copies of Chien-chia’s book as a form of encouragement.
Aside from the fact that riding a bike around the world is not a sport, can just anyone hop on a bike and head out knowing that you’ll be paid for it by the sports council and that they will buy 3,000 copies of your book, regardless whether it is good or not?
Hey John! Why didn’t the Tourism Bureau buy 3,000 copies of your “Odyssey”? (Or did they?)