Sports

Taiwan’s first female MMA fighter heads to the Philippines for bout in Manila

Jenny “Lady Gogo” Huang aims to impress with her combat prowess at the ONE: HEROES OF HONOR event in Manila on Friday, April 20

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/04/18
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s first professional female MMA fighter Jenny “Lady Gogo

Taiwan’s first professional female MMA fighter (By Central News Agency)

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Huang (黃偵玲) is preparing to face Gina “Conviction” Iniong of the Philippines on April 20 in Manila as part of the ONE: HEROES OF HONOR event, the largest mixed-martial arts event in Asia.

Huang is hoping to impress the international crowds with her combat prowess at the ONE: HEROES OF HONOR event, to be held at the Mall of Asia Arena this Friday against Iniong of the Philippines’ Team Lakay.

Huang, 27 years old, will be looking for a victory following her two previous losses on the heels of five consecutive wins against well respected opponents. Huang has a black belt in Judoka and specializes in ground combat.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan to send a 600 person contingent to the 2018 Asian Games

The upcoming Asian Games 2018 will be held held in Jakarta at the end of August

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/04/17
By: Mabel Neo,Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI(Taiwan News)-  In preparation for the upcoming Asian Games 2018, which will be

(By Central News Agency)

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held in Jakarta at the end of August, the Sports Administration Ministry of Education(體育署) and the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (中華奧會) are sending a small team of officials to Jakarta ahead of the game to inspect the competition venues.

On the first day of the on-site check, the officials were informed that several venues in Jakarta are expected to complete construction between May and June.

On the other hand, the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium (GBK Stadium), the venue for the Opening and Closing ceremony, is completed. However, as this will be the competition venue for soccer, it is still closed for maintenance.  The GBK Stadium, with a seating capacity of 72,000, is equipped with a warm-up field for athletes participating in the Athletics events.     [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan women’s futsal team set for AFC Championship

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 17, 2018 
By Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

The coach of Taiwan women’s futsal squad is making final preparations and assessing players for selection ahead of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Futsal Championship in Thailand next month.

“We have introduced some new concepts during training and the players are improving their teamwork,” head coach Chang Yao-ming said yesterday.

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Chang is being helped by experienced Brazilian assistant coach Adil Amarante after officials extended his contract to work with the women’s team after he oversaw the men’s team last year.

Taiwan’s women on Sunday played Macau in a friendly and picked up an impressive 4-0 win, after which Chang said he is confident of getting good results against group opponents Vietnam, Malaysia and Bangladesh when the competition starts on May 2.
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Taiwanese billionaire Joe Tsai buys 49% stake in NBA Brooklyn Nets basketball team

Jeremy Lin plays for the Brooklyn Nets

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/04/13
By:Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI(Taiwan News)- Brooklyn Nets owner, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov sold a 49-percent stake in the Brooklyn Nets basketball team to Taiwanese billionaire Joe Tsai(蔡崇信).

Taiwanese descent Jeremy Lin(林書豪) plays for the Brooklyn Nets and he is one of the few Asian-Americans in NBA history, and the first American of Taiwanese descent to play in the league.

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Prokhorov will continue to be the team’s controlling owner through Onexim Sports and Entertainment Holding, and the sale will not affect its day-to-day management and basketball operations.

According to the Associated Press, the deal signed between Prokhorov and Tsai allows the latter to acquire further shares in 2021. If exercised, he would be likely to become the controlling owner of the Brooklyn Nets in the near future. However, the sale between them does not include Barclays Center.

Joe Tsai is the executive vice-chairman and co-founder of China-based global internet company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.     [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan soccer leagues launch tough competition

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 14, 2018
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

The Taiwan Football Premier League season begins this weekend, with Tatung in the

Taiwan Football Premier League officials and players yesterday attend a season launch conference at the Taipei Municipal Stadium in Taipei.  Photo: Lin Yueh-fu, Taipei Times

men’s league and Taichung Blue Whale in the women’s league seeking to retain their titles.

In the men’s league, a revamped schedule sees the season divided into three segments, with eight teams playing a total of 84 matches from this month until September.

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Playoffs are to follow the regular season, with the winner taking the title and NT$700,000.

The runners-up are to receive NT$200,000 and third place NT$100,000.

“For Taiwan soccer to progress to the next level, we need to upgrade the league with better and more comprehensive management. Our goal is to develop a fully professional soccer league, while developing more talents at the grassroots level,” Chinese Taipei Football Association chairman Lin Yung-cheng said.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan clinches three golds at Singapore track & field meet

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/04/12
By: Huang Tzu-chiang and William Yen

Singapore, April 12 (CNA) Taiwan won three golds, two silvers and one bronze at the two-

Lin You-tang (林昱堂, right) and Wen Hua-yu (文華佑)

day 80th Singapore Open Track & Field Championships 2018 which was held Wednesday and Thursday.

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Taiwan’s Lee Kuei-lung (李奎龍) clinched the first gold for the country in the men’s Triple Jump Open Division on Wednesday with 15.98 meters while Liao Yan-jun (廖晏均) took silver in the women’s 100 Meter Dash Open Division in 11.78 seconds.

On Thursday, Lin You-tang (林昱堂) secured another gold for Taiwan in the men’s Long Jump Open Division with 7.71 meters, which also met the qualification standard for the 2018 Asian Games scheduled for August in Jakarta.

Wu Chia-ju (吳家如) took gold, on the same day, in the women’s Pole Vault Open Division by achieving 4.15 meters, breaking the national record of 4.10 meters, which had stood for 15 years, and also qualifying for this year’s Asian Games.    [FULL  STORY]

MOFA issues safety warning for Taiwanese fans at Russia World Cup

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/04/11
By: Elaine Hou and Kuan-lin Liu

Taipei, April 11 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Wednesday issued a

Image taken from Pixabay

warning to Taiwanese visitors to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup this summer, saying they should be mindful of their safety.

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In a statement, MOFA’s Bureau of Consular Affairs said Taiwan’s representative office in Moscow has established an emergency aid task force to assist Taiwanese during the World Cup in Russia if they encounter any problems.

The World Cup usually attracts large crowds of passionate soccer fans from all over the world and emotions sometimes run high, the bureau said, warning Taiwanese fans to steer clear of danger.

The bureau also suggested that Taiwanese fans buy their World Cup tickets early and make accommodation reservations, after which they can apply online for a fan ID that will allow multiple entries into Russia during the World Cup.    [FULL  STORY]

Taoyuan, Taiwan to host the 22nd Sumo World Championship tournament

A press conference on April 9 announced the event, which will be held at the Taoyuan Arena from July 20-22

Taiwan News 
Date: 2018/04/09
By: Duncan DeAeth, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – It was announced on April 9 that the city of Taoyuan will host the

A ceremonial Sumo match at the press conference announcing the 2018 Sumo World and Asian Championships (By Central News Agency)

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2018 Sumo World and Asian Championships this year, to be held from July 20 – July 22 at the Taoyuan Arena.

A press conference was held on April 9 where representatives from the city, International Sumo Federation, and the Taiwanese Sumo Association, all signed contracts and publicly announced the event. It is expected that the tournament will attract over 250 athletes from 30 countries to participate.

The city of Taoyuan, and the Taiwan Sumo Association placed their bid last year along with many other countries to host the 2018 tournament during an International Sumo League council event in Poland last year.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan grabs gold and silver in Asia Cup recurve archery finals

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/04/09
By: Lee Chin-wei and Ko Lin

Taipei, April 9 (CNA) Taiwanese archers clinched one gold and one silver medal in the

Image taken from Pixabay

recurve finals of a 2018 Asia Cup World Ranking Tournament in Manila on Monday.

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Lo Hsiao-yuan (羅筱媛), who was competing in the recurve women’s event, beat Korean Kang Subin 6-0 in the final, taking three straight sets, 27-26, 25-22, and 27-26.

Each set consists of three arrows per archer, with the winner getting two points for the set. The first person to six wins.

In the men’s recurve final, Taiwan’s Tang Chih-chun (湯智鈞) fell to South Korean Kim Kanghyun 6-4. The two were tied at 4-4 after each winning a set and tying two others before Kim prevailed in the decider 29-28.
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Taiwan thrashes Iran 4-0 to keep Davis Cup status

UNASSAILABLE: Sending down four aces and winning 58 of the 89 points contested, Hsieh Cheng-peng and Peng Hsien-yin took only 56 minutes to defeat the Iranians 6-0, 6-4

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 09, 2018
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter

Taiwan yesterday retained their Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group II status by thrashing Iran

Hsieh Cheng-peng, front, and Peng Hsien-yin play Amirvala Madanchi and Ashkan Shokoofi at the Taipei Tennis Center yesterday.  Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

4-0 on the hard courts at the Taipei Tennis Center.

After the host cruised into a 2-0 lead on Saturday after the singles rubbers, Hsieh Cheng-peng and Peng Hsien-yin took just 56 minutes to defeat Amirvala Madanchi and Ashkan Shokoofi 6-0, 6-4 in the doubles rubber to move into an unassailable 3-0 lead in the relegation playoff.

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Hsieh and Peng did not face a single break point against the Iranian pairing while converting four of eight, sending down four aces and winning 58 of the 89 points contested.

In the first reverse single rubber, Hsu Yu-hsiou, the 19-year-old Taiwanese world No. 1,971, rallied from a set down to defeat Iranian world No. 1,349 Shahin Khaledan 4-6, 6-1, 10-8 in 1 hour, 25 minutes.

Hsu saved four of five break points and converted two of four, winning 70 of the 129 points contested.

Taiwan skipper Chiang Jinn-yen and Iran captain Saeid Ahmadvand then agreed not to contest the second scheduled reverse singles rubber between Yang Tsung-hua and Madanchi.    [FULL  STORY]