Sports

Taiwan soccer could be in world’s top 100, given support: coach

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/12/11
By: Joseph Yeh, staff reporter

The goal of helping Taiwan’s national soccer team to advance into the world’s top 100

Gary White

ranking would be “easily achievable,” given more government and private sector support for a better environment for soccer development, Gary White, the team’s head coach, said Monday.

Speaking to CNA, White, the English head coach of the national squad, said the goal set by Taiwan’s Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) to advance the team’s world ranking to the Top 100 in five years is “easily achievable.”

“We can do it in two years,” he said.

But he also said that the goal is reachable only under the premise that the team is given “more support from the government and other people.”    [FULL  STORY]

Chan, Hingis named world champs

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 10, 2017
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Chan Yung-jan and Martina Hingis were named the women’s doubles world champions of the year by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), making Chan the first-ever Taiwanese to receive the honor.

The Taiwanese-Swiss duo have won nine of the 15 events they entered since teaming up earlier in the year.

While this is the third time the now-retired Hingis has won the annual award, it is Chan’s first.

Chan said she and Hingis had an outstanding season, adding that she is happy to end it with such a great record.    [FULL  STORY]

Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2018 in Taipei expected to attract Olympics-level athletes

The Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2018 in Taipei will be very worth watching as half of its competitors are expected to be Olympics-level athletes

Taiwan News 
Date: 2017/12/06
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)–Eddy Wu (吳奕德), secretary-general of Chinese Taipei Skating

Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2018 will take place at Taipei Arena from…. (By Central News Agency)

Union, said on Wednesday that the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2018 in Taipei will be very worth watching as half of its competitors are expected to be Olympics-level athletes, who will be heading to PyeongChang for the Winter Olympics after the Taipei event.

Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2018 will take place at Taipei Arena from Jan. 24 to 27, 2018. After the Taipei skating event ends, many of the athletes will go directly to PyeongChang, South Korea to compete at the Winter Olympics, which is set to begin on Feb. 8, 2018.

Therefore, the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2018 is regarded as a Winter Olympics’ warm-up event.     [FULL  STORY]

Isaiah Austin facing down disorder to follow hoop dream in Taiwan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/12/06
By: Joseph Yeh)

Taipei, Dec. 6 (CNA) Isaiah Austin, an American professional basketball player

Photo courtesy of Yulon Luxgen Dinos

diagnosed with a genetic disorder that prevented him from playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA), has recently joined a basketball team in Taiwan to pursue his hoop dream.

The New Taipei-based Yulon Luxgen Dinos, one of seven teams in Taiwan’s professional Super Basketball League (SBL), reached a deal with the 24-year-old on Nov. 8 for the league’s 15th season that opened on Dec. 2.

The 7-foot-1 Austin was a college all-star at Baylor University and thought to be a likely first-round pick in the 2014 NBA draft until he was diagnosed just days before the draft with Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects the heart.

Though his playing career was over, at least temporarily, Austin still had his name called as a ceremonial pick midway through the first round at the NBA draft in June 2014 and presented with an NBA cap by Commissioner Adam Silver.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan weightlifters win medals at world championships

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/12/05
By: Edward Tsao and William Yen

Anaheim, Dec. 4 (CNA) Taiwan won a total of two gold medals and two silvers at the 2017 International

Photo taken from INTERNATIONAL WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION website (iwf.net)

Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, California, which concluded Monday.

Taiwanese Olympic medalist Kuo Hsing-chun (郭婞淳) who competed in the women’s 58-kilogram (kg) weight class won a silver in the snatch at 105 kg, a gold in the clean and jerk with a lift of 135 kg and another gold in the combined lift with a total of 240 kg.

Taiwan’s Hsu Shu-ching (許淑淨) who competed in the women’s 53 kg weight class sustained an elbow injury when attempting her third snatch, but completed a lift of 93 kg during her second lift which won her a silver medal.

Photo shows Hsu’s elbow injury/photo courtesy of Tsai Wen-yi (蔡溫義)

A total of 11 contestants from Taiwan participated in the competition.

Taiwan’s weightlifting team coach Tsai Wen-yi (蔡溫義) claimed that the spotlight at the 2015 IWF World Weightlifting Championships in Houston distracted many contestants, resulting in poorer performances.
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Taiwan beat Laos, claim CTFA17 title

CLOSE SHAVE: English-Taiwanese substitute Will Donkin nearly scored his first goal for Taiwan when his free-kick from just outside the penalty area hit the Laos crossbar

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 06, 2017
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

Striker Li Mao yesterday fired Taiwan ahead with an early brace and the hosts held on to seal a 2-0 victory

Taiwan’s Li Mao, right, scores against Laos in their CTFA17 International Tournament match at the Taipei Municipal Stadium yesterday.  Photo: Lin Cheng-kung, Taipei Times

over Laos at the Taipei Municipal Stadium.

The victory saw the hosts make it three wins out of three to claim the trophy at the CTFA17 International Tournament.

Li was the key player for Taiwan in the competition, as he also scored two headed goals in the hosts’ opener as they beat the Philippines 3-0 on Sunday.

Taiwan yesterday set out with attacking intentions and kept up the pressure on the Laos defense throughout the contest, while goalkeeper Pan Wen-chieh kept a clean sheet by making several crucial saves.

In the ninth minute, captain Chen Po-liang intercepted an errant pass and drove toward the Laos penalty area, finding midfielder Yu Chia-yuang.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan wins three more medals at world bowling championships

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/12/04
By: Lung Po-an and Ko Lin

Taipei, Dec. 4 (CNA) Taiwan’s national bowling team managed to bag three more medals at the 2017

Image taken from Pixabay

World Bowling Championships in Las Vegas on Sunday, after winning its first gold medal of the competition the previous day.

It won silver medals in the men’s trio and team of five events, and a bronze in the women’s trio event on Sunday.

Chen Wu-chi (陳武琪), Wu Hao-ming (吳浩銘) and Hsu Che-chia (許哲嘉) reach the men’s trio final before losing to Hong Kong 659-610 to settle for silver.

In the team of five men’s final, Taiwan was soundly defeated by a United States team 2-0, losing 210-189 in game 1 and 200-180 in game 2.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan down East Timor 3-1 in Taipei

FINAL TEST: The win means Taiwan top the standings with six points and they would win the tournament by claiming at least a draw against Laos at 7pm today

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 05, 2017
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan yesterday made it two wins in two days by defeating East Timor 3-1 in the CTFA17 International

Taiwan’s Chen Ting-yang, second right, celebrates scoring against East Timor with his teammates at the Taipei Municipal Stadium yesterday.  Photo: Lin Cheng-kung, Taipei Times

Tournament at the Taipei Municipal Stadium.

In a match that turned increasingly bad-tempered and ended with both squads squaring up to each other following the final whistle, it was the hosts who took the lead in the 20th minute when Hung Tzu-kuei beat his marker on the left side of the penalty area.

Hung’s cross found Li Mao, the scorer of a brace in Taiwan’s victory over the Philippines on Sunday, but this time his shot was saved, the rebound falling to Wen Chih-hao, who converted the simplest of tap-ins.

The visitors failed to produce a shot on target until the 58th minute when Su De-cai’s attempted back-pass was short and Rufino Gama intercepted, before chipping the ball over stranded goalkeeper Pan Wen-chieh.    [FULL  STORY]

Ice ice lady: Speed skater, Huang Yu-ting, first Taiwanese athlete to qualify for 2018 Winter Olympics

Taiwanese ice skater qualifies in Canada, now heading to Korea Winter Olympics

Taiwan News 
Date: 2017/12/03
By: Renée Salmonsen, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese ice skater, Huang Yu-ting (黃郁婷), advanced to the 2018 Winter

Huang Yu-ting is headed to Pyeong Chang in 2018. (Photo: Huang’s Facebook)

Olympics after the ISU Speed Skating World Cup qualifying match this morning in Canada, reported CNA.

Huang placed 7th in the 1,000-meter (3,200 feet) sprint at 1 minute 13 seconds.

Huang began her career on wheels as a roller skater but, seeking more of a challenge, she switched to ice skates in 2015. She won three gold medals roller skating at the 2009 Kaohsiung World Games, and took the gold at the 2010 Asian Games as well as set a world record for the 1,000-meter dash.

In an interview with CNA Huang said“I train a lot and compete often, but as far as athletes go, I’m already considered old. [With this in mind] I skate every match like it is my last.”

In preparation for today’s qualifying round Huang says she trained with her male counterparts as well as with the long-distance skaters to increase her muscle endurance.    [FULL  STORY]

American wins World Longboard Championship in surf-off in Taiwan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/12/03
By: Joseph Yeh

Taipei, Dec. 3 (CNA) Taylor Jensen of the United States won his third world title in a surf-off against

Taylor Jensen/photo courtesy of Taitung County Government

Edouard Delpero of France Sunday as the Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship (WLC) concluded at Jinzun Harbour in Taitung County, southeastern Taiwan.

“This doesn’t feel real at the moment, I’m totally tripping out on this,” Jensen was quoted as saying in press release issued by the World Surf League (WSL), the chief organizer of the 8-day event.

Jensen was previously eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Taiwan Open WLC event earlier in the week.

But when Delpero of France beat Brazilian Phil Rajzman in the final of the Taiwan Open earlier Sunday, he joined Jensen at the top of the rankings, meaning that the event needed to run one more round to decide the 2017 World Longboard Champion.    [FULL  STORY]