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Two teams join Taipower FC at No. 1

WEEKEND MATCHES: While Tatung FC made good on their chances early on, Taiwan Steel rallied to win the game 2-3 and move to the top with Taichung Futuro

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 11, 2020
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

Tatung FC’s Onur Dogan, second right, races to score the team’s second goal, while Taiwan Steel defenders Su Te-tsai, left, and Chen Wei-chuan, second left, mark him in their Taiwan Football Premier League match in Taoyuan on Sunday.
Photo courtesy of the CTFA

Sunday’s action saw Taichung Futuro, Taipower FC and Taiwan Steel tied for first place on 30 points in the Taiwan Football Premier League, while Hang Yuan FC picked up a point to take the No. 4 spot on 25 points after holding Taipower to a scoreless draw.

In Taoyuan, Tatung FC hosted Taiwan Steel. It was an exciting matchup, as the visitors rallied from 2-0 down to take the game with three goals.

Tatung made good on their chances early on. Honduran midfielder Elias Argueta opened the account 15 minutes into the game with a low shot from the right.

Three minutes later, Turkey-born winger Onur Dogan received a pass on the left and raced between two defenders, firing off a diagonal shot that eluded Taiwan Steel goalkeeper Tuan Hsuan.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan mixed doubles pair beat men’s team in special table tennis match

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/06/2020
By: Lung Po-an and Kay Liu

Lin Yun-ju (front) and Cheng I-ching. CNA photo Aug. 5, 2020

Kaohsiung, Aug. 6 (CNA) Taiwanese mixed doubles table tennis duo Cheng I-ching (鄭怡靜) and Lin Yun-ju (林昀儒) won a specially arranged match against the world No. 8 men's doubles pair Wednesday.

Cheng and Lin, who have gained a berth in the delayed Tokyo Olympics, faced off against four-time Olympian Chuang Chih-yuan (莊智淵) and Chen Chien-an (陳建安) in the finals of a table tennis competition organized by the government as part of the training for athletes who will be competing in the Tokyo Games.

Chuang and Chen, 39 and 29 years old, respectively, were the men's doubles gold medalists in the 2013 World Championship.

In the finals of the special competition Wednesday, the gold medalists went down 7-11, 11-7, 11-5, 10-12, 11-3 to the world No. 4 mixed doubles pair Cheng and Lin, who had won a match against another men's team a day earlier.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan Steel edge Hang Yuan to take No. 2 spot

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 04, 2020
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

Taiwan Steel edge Hang Yuan to take No. 2 spot

Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place.

Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes.

After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to Astama, who slotted the ball into the net past goalkeeper Huang Chiu-lin.

It was Astama’s eighth goal of the season, and he is now third on the TFPL scoring chart.
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One day after exhausting victory, world No. 1 Tai falls to male foe

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/03/2020
By: Yang Chih-fang and Kay Liu

World No. 1 badminton player Tai Tzu-ying. CNA photo Aug. 3, 2020

Kaohsiung, Aug. 3 (CNA) The world's top ranked female badminton player, Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎), found playing a male opponent for a second day in a row too much to overcome Monday, losing her match in a competition organized for Taiwan's elite athletes.

Taiwan is holding eight days of competition in 12 different sports at the National Sports Training Center's main site in Kaohsiung and shooting facility in Taoyuan to keep its Olympic-caliber athletes sharp in the absence of international tournaments, and badminton is one of the events on the schedule.

(Click here for the video of the final matches on Monday. Tai's match began at 2:13:46. Commentary in Chinese.)

To give Tai a workout, the competition organizers decided to pit her against fresh male opponents on consecutive days in the three-day badminton event, and it proved to be her undoing.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan Steel edge Hang Yuan to take No. 2 spot

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 04, 2020
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

From left, Taiwan Steel defender Chen Wei-chuan and midfielder Alim Zumakulov pressure Hang Yuan FC forward Wu Yen-shu while he controls the ball in their Taiwan Football Premier League match at Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei City on Sunday.
Photo courtesy of CTFA

Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place.

Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes.

After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to Astama, who slotted the ball into the net past goalkeeper Huang Chiu-lin.

It was Astama’s eighth goal of the season, and he is now third on the TFPL scoring chart.
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Taiwan’s Olympic team set for competition to keep athletes sharp

Focus Taiwan
Date: 07/31/2020
By: Huang Chiao-wen and Kay Liu

Athletes attend a pre-game press event in Taipei Monday. CNA photo July 27, 2020

Taipei, July 31 (CNA) Taiwan's top athletes will compete in a government-organized competition starting Saturday as part of their preparations for the Summer Olympics, which have been postponed to 2021.

The eight-day, 12-discipline event will be held by the Sports Administration at the National Sports Training Center's main site in Kaohsiung and a shooting facility in Taoyuan and open with badminton matches, organizers said.

Taiwanese athletes had secured 32 spots in 10 sports, including gymnastics, table tennis and archery, at the Tokyo Olympics, before the Games were suspended for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Sports Administration is hoping to use the competition to keep elite Taiwanese athletes sharp in the absence of international competition in their respective disciplines because of ongoing restrictions on international travel and large gatherings.    [FULL  STORY]

Taipei Open canceled, CTBA confirms

MONEY MATTERS: While COVID-19 played a major role in the decision, the CTBA also found it hard to secure sponsorship, and ticket sales would have been affected

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 30, 2020
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter, with AFP, TOKYO

Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan reacts after beating Hee Kwang-heo of South Korea during the men’s single final of the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open badminton tournament in Taipei on Sept. 8 last year.
Photo: EPA-EFE

The Yonex Taipei Open badminton tournament has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a funding shortfall, the CTBA said yesterday.

This was the first time that the tournament, a Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Super 300-level competition, has been canceled since it began in 1980.

The Taipei Open has been held annually since 1980. The tournament was to be played at the Taipei Arena from Sept. 1 to Sept. 6, with total prize money of US$500,000.

The CTBA said that it was deeply concerned about whether the Taipei Open would proceed as scheduled after the BWF announced changes to the tournament schedule in May.
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CORONAVIRUS/4 million people in Taiwan win sports vouchers

Focus Taiwan
Date: 07/28/2020
By: Huang Chiao-wen and Matthew Mazzetta


Taipei, July 28 (CNA) Four million people in Taiwan on Tuesday won NT$500 (US$17.07) vouchers towards sports related spending, after a live draw from a total of 6.98 million entries, according to the Sports Administration.

The voucher program, which was open to Taiwan citizens and their foreign spouses, received 6.98 million valid entries during the July 20-26 registration period, giving participants a 57 percent chance of winning, the agency said.

On Tuesday, the Sports Administration invited four athletes from Taiwan's 2021 Olympic delegation — sports shooter Lu Shao-chuan (呂紹全), table tennis player Cheng I-ching (鄭怡靜), boxer Chen Nien-chin (陳念琴) and swimmer Wang Kuan-hung (王冠閎) — to help select the winning entries at the live draw.

Each athlete threw two darts at a revolving dartboard numbered 01-20. The resulting 16-digit sequence was then plugged into a computer algorithm to randomly generate the winners based on participants' national identification card numbers.    [FULL  STORY]

September’s Taipei Open in doubt due to quarantine rules

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 28, 2020
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Whether September’s Yonex Taipei Open badminton tournament is to go ahead has been thrown into doubt, with international players expressing reluctance to travel due to Taiwan’s quarantine regulations, governing body the CTBA said yesterday.

Doubts about participating in the tournament were raised by international players when they realized that regulations mandate all incoming overseas players would be required to stay in Taiwan for 14 days before they can leave the nation, regardless of how well they perform in the tournament, CTBA deputy director Chen Shih-chieh said.

The Central Epidemic Command Center’s regulations state that international players would initially have to stay at a quarantine hotel in Taoyuan for five days before being tested for COVID-19, Chen said.

Should the result come back negative, the player would be allowed to compete in the tournament, but would need to stay for 14 days, when they would be tested again, and would only allowed to leave if the result remained negative, Chen added.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan Masters canceled

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 16, 2020
By: Reuters, KUALA LUMPUR

The Asian Tour yesterday said that September’s Taiwan Masters has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The decision to cancel the Taiwan Masters was based on health and safety concerns, as well as international travel restrictions on players,” the Asian Tour said in a statement. “The tournament will now be staged in 2021 in its traditional time slot.”

The tournament was due to be held at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club from Sept. 17 to 20.
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