Leicester City striker shares skills in Taipei

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 26, 2017 
By Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

English Premier League title winner Shinji Okazaki wrapped up his whirlwind visit to Taiwan this

Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki, second right, on Saturday meets with young soccer players at a Chinese Taipei Football Association seminar at Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei City.  Photo courtesy of CTFA facebook page

weekend by hosting two training and instruction events for young players, and met with sports officials to help build closer ties between Taiwanese and Japanese soccer development.

The Japanese striker for Leicester City came to Taiwan at the invitation of his mentor, Taiwan manager Kazuo Kuroda.

Okazaki was the star guest at the Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA)’s youth training camp at Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei City on Friday.

Okazaki attended a youth soccer tournament in gthe city’s Tamsui District (淡水) on Saturday.

He also spoke with CTFA officials and Sports Administration Director-General Lin Te-fu to discuss soccer development in Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

Universiade torch relay passes through Bangkok

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/06/25
By: Liu Te-chang and Ko Lin

Bangkok, June 25 (CNA) The torch for the 2017 Summer Universiade was passed to a Taiwanese

Chung Yung-feng (鍾永豐, center)

athlete at a ceremony in Bangkok on Sunday, which hosted the third leg of the relay after the Italian city of Naples.

The torch, which was lit in Italy’s Turin on June 20 at the start of its two-month relay, will make the final stop in Taipei for the opening ceremony of the 29th international multi-sport event for university athletes.

Chung Yung-feng (鍾永豐), head of Taipei City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, was at the relay event to accept the ceremonial torch from Thai torchbearers at Thammasat University’s Rangsit campus, which was the venue of the 1998 Asian Games and 2007 Summer Universiade.

Chung then passed the torch to Taiwanese professional tennis player Lee Hsin-han (李欣翰).

Chan Hao-ching eyeing second title

WALK-OVER:The Taiwanese-Chinese pairing did not face a single break point on their serve and advanced to the final against Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 26, 2017
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter, with Reuters

Taiwan’s Chan Hao-ching on Saturday was eyeing her second doubles title of the season when she advanced to the final of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, England.

Chan and Zhang Shuai took just 59 minutes to see off US duo Raquel Atawo and Christina McHale 6-2, 6-3 in their semi-final on the grass courts at the Edgbaston Priory Club.

The Taiwanese-Chinese pairing did not face a single break point on their serve and converted four of eight to advance to the final against Australian fourth seeds Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua, who were handed a walkover in their semi-final against Sania Mirza of India and Coco Vandeweghe of the US.

Chan claimed her first title of the season when she won the Taiwan Open with elder sister Chan Yung-jan in Taipei in February.    [FULL  STORY]

Chan Yung-jan advances to final

Taip[ei Times
Date: Jun 25, 2017
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter, with Reuters

Chan Yung-jan on Friday kept her bid for a fifth title of the season on track at the Mallorca Open as the

Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan, left, watches as doubles partner Martina Hingis of Switzerland returns against Nicole Melichar of the US and Anna Smith of Britain at the Mallorca Open in Spain on Friday. Photo: EPA

Taiwanese and Martina Hingis took just 59 minutes to advance to the final of the doubles.

The Taiwanese-Swiss top seeds defeated Nicole Melichar of the US and Anna Smith of Britain 6-3, 6-3 on the grass courts on the Spanish island as they eyed their fourth title of the season and Chan’s fifth, after she claimed the Taiwan Open title with younger sister Chan Hao-ching in Taipei in February.

The tops seeds saved all three break points they faced and converted three of 10 to advance to a final against either Jelena Jankovic and Anastasija Sevastova or Julia Goerges and Xenia Knoll, who were to play after press time last night.

The Taiwanese-Swiss duo will be looking to claim their fourth title of the season today after lifting the trophies in Indian Wells, Madrid and Rome earlier this season.

In the singles, second seed Anastasija Sevastova on Friday dispatched Croatian Ana Konjuh to reach the semi-finals as she bids to go one better than last year.

The tricky Latvian beat the seventh seed 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (7/5) to set up a clash with Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, who beat her in last year’s final.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Chans win in England and in Mallorca

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 23, 2017
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter, with AP, BIRMINGHAM, England

Taiwanese sisters Chan Yung-jan and Chan Hao-ching both had to rally from a set down on Wednesday

Taiwan’s Chan Yung-jan, left, and Martina Hingis pose for a photograph on the grass courts at the Mallorca Open in Spain on Wednesday. Photo: Screen grab from facebook

to advance to the quarter-finals of their respective doubles tournaments at the Mallorca Open and Aegon Classic.

Top seeds Chan Yung-jan and Martina Hingis overcame a tricky encounter against Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay and Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain 5-7, 6-2, 10-7 on the grass courts in Mallorca.

The Taiwanese-Swiss duo saved three of six break points and converted four of seven in 1 hour, 19 minutes to advance to a quarter-final against Elise Mertens of Belgium and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands.    [FULL  STORY]

Taipei mayor prepares to launch Universiade torch relay

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-06-20

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je is in Turin, Italy, getting ready to help launch the torch relay for this year’s

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (center) practices for the Universiade torch lighting ceremony in Turin, Italy on Monday. (CNA)


Taipei is the host of this year’s student games, the second largest multisport event after the Olympics. The games pit the world’s top university athletes against one another. The Taipei games will be held from August 18 through 30 and athletes from over 150 countries will compete.

The Universiade’s torch-lighting ceremony is always held in Turin, the host of the first Universiade in 1959. Ko took part in a practice run for the torch-lighting ceremony on Monday evening.

Indigenous Taiwanese culture is set to feature prominently in the torch lighting ceremony. Performers will include Golden Melody Award winning Atayal singer Inka Mbing and Paiwan modern dance troupe Tjimur Dance Theatre.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan cycling festival promotes lighthouse tourism

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/06/20
By: Chen Wei-ting and Elaine Hou

Taipei, June 20 (CNA) One of the highlights of this year’s Taiwan Cycling Festival, which kicks off later

CNA file photo

this month, will be for participants to visit the “Furthest Lighthouses” in the island, as part of an exploration of Taiwan’s coastal beauty, according to the organizers.

The first of a series of events will feature “Furthest Lighthouses in Taiwan” biking tours, which start on June 24 at Fugueijiao Lighthouse, the northernmost point of the island, the Tourism Bureau said.

Participants will be offered the option of taking a short bike tour near the lighthouse or an island-wide tour, the bureau said.

Similar activities will take place at Sandiaojiao (Cape Santiago) Lighthouse — the easternmost tip of Taiwan — on July 15; Eluanbi Lighthouse at Taiwan’s southernmost point on Sept. 2; and Guosheng Lighthouse, the westernmost tip, on Sept. 16, the bureau said.    [FULL  STORY]

Teresa Lu wins second title on Japanese LPGA tour

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/06/18
By: Luke Sabatier and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, June 18 (CNA) Taiwanese golfer Teresa Lu (盧曉晴) fired a one-under round of 71 on Sunday to

CNA file photo

score a five-shot victory at the Nichirei Ladies tournament in Japan.

It was her second title of the year on the Ladies Professional Golfers’ Association of Japan tour, following a win at the Studio Alice Women’s Open in April, and the 14th of her career on the JLPGA.

Her final round 71 gave her a three-day score of 204, or 12 under par, to finish five shots clear of Saki Takeo, Rumi Yoshiba and Miyu Shinkai of Japan in the 80 million Japanese yen tournament.

Lu entered Sunday’s final round with a comfortable four-shot cushion over Shinkai, but that lead was down to one after seven holes.    [FULL  STORY]

Universiade soccer pitch lights fail at test matches

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 19, 2017
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

Floodlight installed at Fu Jen University-Hang Yuan’s artificial turf pitch for the Universiade in August

Team Taiwan players and CTFA officials attend the advance opening of soccer fashion store Athleta in Taipei on Saturday. PHOTO: CTFA

failed on Friday during a match between the Royal Blues and National Sports Training Center (NSTC) due to a power outage in the 52nd minute of the second half, CTFA officials said.

The pitch remained in darkness for more than an hour while work crews repaired electrical circuitry, before the match could resume.

However, eight minutes after play resumed, the lights went out again and needed further repairs before the Royal Blues took a 4-2 victory.

“It is good that we tested out the floodlights and found the problem. Hopefully all the shortcomings can be fixed before the Universiade. However, the lights are not bright enough, so this has to be improved,” Taipower coach and former national team manager Chen Kuei-jen said.

“We can get the lighting to work, but the spectator stands were not finished. This is a half-done job…. Supporters cheering the action can spur teams to play better. I hope the stands are finished so people can watch the games in relative comfort,” Chen said.

Taiwan’s top soccer league tightened up this weekend when Taipei-based Tatung blanked Tainan City 3-0 to move within three points of leaders Kaohsiung-based Taipower, who were held to a scoreless draw by Fu Jen University-Hang Yuan.    [FULL  STORY]

Chan Hao-ching edges thrilling opener

OLD PAL:At the Mercedes Cup, veteran Tommy Haas lined up a second-round clash with Roger Federer in his final appearance at the grass-court tournament

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 15, 2017
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter, with AP, STUTTGART, Germany

Taiwan’s Chan Hao-ching rallied from a set down to advance to the quarter-finals of the doubles at the Aegon Open in Nottingham, England, yesterday, while the top seeds were ousted in the first round.

Third seeds Chan and Casey Dellacqua battled to a 4-6, 7-6 (7/1), 10-5 victory over US duo Ashley Weinhold and Caitlin Whoriskey in 1 hour, 34 minutes.

The Taiwanese-Australian pairing saved six of 10 break points and converted three of five to advance to a quarter-final clash with either Taiwan’s Chuang Chia-jung and Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic or Johanna Konta of Britain and Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, who were due to play their first-round match later yesterday.

Meanwhile, top seeds Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada and Olga Savchuk of Ukraine crashed out of the tournament after falling to a 7-5, 6-1 defeat by Australian duo Monique Adamczak and Storm Sanders in 60 minutes.    [FULL  STORY]