Sports

UNIVERSIADE: British water polo athletes aim for top eight finish

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/08/17
By: Christie Chen

Taipei, Aug. 17 (CNA) Water polo athletes from the United Kingdom on Thursday expressed confidence at their chances at the 2017 Taipei Universiade, saying they are aiming to finish in the top eight.

“Our first game is against France. We’re really confident. I feel we can get a good result and play a good game,” Aaron Winstanley, who captains Great Britain men’s water polo team, told reporters at a reception organized by the British Office in Taipei to welcome the British athletes.

“Hopefully we can finish in the top eight at the end of the competition,” said Winstanley, who was named England Programmes Water Polo Player of the Year at the ASA Aquatics Awards in 2016.    [FULL  STORY]

UNIVERSIADE: About 45 percent of tickets sold so far

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/08/17
By: Huang Yu, Lin Hung-han and Ko Lin

Taipei, Aug. 17 (CNA) About 45 percent of the more than 700,000 tickets to

CNA file photo

competitive events at the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei have already been sold, the organizing committee said Thursday.

Rollerblading, badminton, diving and fencing are among the most popular sports and tickets have already sold out, the committee said during a press conference held at the Universiade media center in Taipei.

Tickets to weightlifting and gymnastics are also almost sold out, it added.

According to the committee, tickets to basketball, baseball and volleyball account for a majority of the 320,000 tickets currently sold.    [FULL  STORY]

UNIVERSIADE: Traffic controls near Xinzhuang Sports Park

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/08/13
By: Sunrise Huang and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, Aug. 13 (CNA) Traffic controls around Xinzhuang Sports Park in New Taipei,

Image taken from Google Map

the home of several venues for competitions to be held in the 2017 Summer Universiade, started Sunday and will last until Aug. 30.

All areas for temporary parking around the sports park will be subject to safety inspections, said Chiang Wei-min (蔣偉民), deputy head of the New Taipei Education Department.

The city government will make available 130 free-of-charge parking spaces at nearby Xintai Junior High School and Zhonggang Elementary School from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. between Aug. 18 and Aug. 29, Chiang added.

While the Summer Universiade is being held from Aug 18 to 29, all courts, fields and facilities in the park will be closed to the public, the city said, suggesting that people instead take advantage of playgrounds at junior high and elementary schools near the area.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan wins four golds at U19 and U16 Asia korfball championships

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/08/12
By: Lu Kang-jun and Romulo Huang

Taipei, Aug. 12 (CNA) Taiwan has won four gold medals at the IKF Asia U19 & U16

Photo courtesy of Chinese Taipei Korfball Association

Korfball4 Championship being held in Hong Kong, according to the Chinese Taipei Korfball Association.

Taiwan’s U19 team won titles in the one field with one basket and one field with two baskets events after beating their Hong Kong rivals in the championship games 17-2 and 13-4, respectively, the association said in a statement issued Saturday.

Taiwan’s U16 team also defeated teams from host Hong Kong in the championship games of the one field with one basket and one field with two baskets events 10-4 and 20-3, respectively, to take gold, it said.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun wins Jinan challenger

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/08/12
By: Christie Chen

Taipei, Aug. 12 (CNA) Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun (盧彥勳) won his second ATP Challenger

Photo courtesy of Lu Wei-ju

event in two weeks and the 29th title of his career on Saturday when he topped Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania in straight sets.

Lu, who turns 34 on Aug. 14, gave himself an early birthday gift by upending Berankis 6-3, 6-1 in a match that lasted around an hour to win the US$150,000 tournament in Jinan, China.

The two players had faced each other once in the past, in an ATP Tour event in Washington, D.C., in 2015, with Berankis winning the match 7-6 (1), 6-3 against Lu.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese woman kicks her way to bronze at Youth Muay Thai World championship

Four Pingtung Senior High School athletes are representing Taiwan in this competition, three men and one woman

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/08/08 17:03
By: Taiwan News

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A female Taiwanese athlete has taken the bronze at the 2017

(By Central News Agency)

Youth Muay Thai World championship, which is taking place in Bangkok, Thailand from Aug 3-11.

Three male and one female from Pingtung Senior High School are representing Taiwan in the competition,

Yeh Fei (葉菲) took the bronze medal in the age 12-13 women’s 48 kg category. After four fierce bouts with highly competitive Thai opponents, Yeh finished in third place and was awarded the bronze medal.

The event is held at Thailand National Stadium and is organized by Amateur Muay thai Association of Thailand, in cooperation with the Royal Thai Government through the Department of Physical Education.    [FULL  STORY]

Cleft lip Atayal girl to sing at Universiade opening

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/08/08
By: Chang Ming-hsuan and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, Aug. 8 (CNA) Atayal singer Angel Tseng (曾宇辰), who was born with a cleft lip and

Angel Tseng (center), with her parents

palate and craniofacial deformity and who was called “devil” due to her appearance during her childhood, will sing the theme song of the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei during its Aug. 19 opening ceremony.

Tseng will sing “Embrace the World” along with her six-member band, “I-Want,” which beat a total of 264 groups in a tough Universiade theme song competition last November.

Prior to that, the 26-year-old Tseng won the heart of the audience and judges of Taiwanese reality talent TV show Million Star (星光大道) with her “angel-like singing” in 2015.

With the story of her journey to conquer discrimination because of her unusual appearance, Tseng appeared in the company of her parents in Taipei Monday to promote the “Don’t Tag Me!” exhibition organized by the Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation-Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

The agony of defeat: Taiwan defeated by US in U-12 baseball world cup final

Taiwanese baseball players cry after suffering 7-2 defeat to Team USA in U-12 baseball world cup final

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/08/07
By: Keoni Everington,Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan took the silver medal after a disappointing loss to

Taiwanese players cry after losing to US in U12 Baseball World Cup final. (By Central News Agency)

their American rivals in the WBSC U12 Baseball World Cup, which was held on their home turf in Tainan yesterday.

Yesterday’s final was held in front of a sellout crowd at Tainan’s 11,000 seat stadium on Sunday night, and resulted in a 7-2 victory for Team USA, leaving the Taiwanese team dejected after having to settle for second place for the third time in a row.

Team USA struck first in the third inning, with a three-run home run followed by another solo home run later in the inning to take a 4-0 lead.    [FULL  STORY]

Taekwondo athlete makes Chiayi proud by overcoming difficulties

Focus Taiwqan
Date: 2017/08/07
By: Huang Kuo-fang and CNA intern William Ye

Taipei, Aug. 7 (CNA) Two local politicians visited Chiayi County native Wu Tzu-min (吳姿忞) on Monday to congratulate her on her recent taekwondo accomplishments and highlighted the many difficulties she has had to overcome to reach a high level in her sport.

Wu won a gold medal in the under-46 kilogram division at the Sarawak Chief Minister Borneo Cup International Taekwondo (WTF) Championship 2017, which took place in Kuching, Malaysia, in mid-July.

That success came after Wu won a bronze medal at the 2017 Asian Junior Taekwondo Championships and silver at the 2017 Kazakhstan Open Taekwondo Championships in April.    [FULL  STORY]

Kaohsiung U12s win UK soccer title

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 07, 2017
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

Kaohsiung’s Houjing Elementary School boys’ soccer team took first place at an international tournament in England and returned home to a warm reception over the weekend, with the coach and players saying the toughest part of the tournament was the cold and rainy English weather.

Parents, friends, sports officials and local supporters cheered the boys when they arrived at Kaohsiung International Airport on Saturday after winning the Under-12 championship at the English International Super Cup in Manchester.

The competition drew participants from across Europe and other countries, with the groupings from Under-7’s to youths levels for males and Under-8s to Under-18s for females.

Houjing coach Chen Tsung-pang said his team defeated opponents from England, Germany, the US and Nigeria, to win the Group A competition and advance to the title showdown against South Africa, the Group B winners.    [FULL  STORY]