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‘Charming’ Waimushan sea swim to take place this weekend in Keelung

The event is said to be the only sea swim in Taiwan that starts and ends in different places

Taiwan News 
Date: 2019/05/21
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(Keelung City Government photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The 3,200 meter Waimushan sea swim (外木山海上長泳) will take place in Keelung City (基隆市) at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday (May 26), United Daily reported.

Participants will start the swim from Waimushan fishing port (外木山漁港), swim westward along Waimushan coast, and finish at Dawulun Aodi Beach (大武崙澳底沙灘). The report added the Waimushan event is the only sea swim in Taiwan that starts and ends in different places.

This means swimmers will experience different coastal landscapes during the entire swim. They will also be able to see colorful tropical fish and globefish on the reefs along the route, the report said.

The water off Waimushan coast won first place in a vote to find Taiwan’s “top 10 charming waters,” held by the Sports Department of the Ministry of Education, in 2015.
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Defending champion returns for Taiwan Amateur Golf Championship

Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul is the highest ranked participant at this year’s event in Nantou City

Taiwan News 
Date: 2019/05/20
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The 2019 Taiwan Amateur Golf Championship will take place at

Thailand’s top amateur golfer Atthaya Thitikul (Atthaya Thitikul Facebook photo)

Nan Fong Golf Club in Nantou City from May 28-31, gathering more than 100 golfers from 12 domestic and international teams, according to a Liberty Times report on Monday (May 20).

Chairman of the Golf Association of the Republic of China, Wang Cheng-sung (王政松), said the Taiwan Amateur Golf Championship is the country’s largest and most celebrated amateur golf event. This year the event will welcome amateur golfers from Japan, South Korea, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, China, and Taiwan.

Organized by the Golf Association of the Republic of China, the annual event was suspended last year due to preparations for the Asian Games and election of the association’s chairperson.

Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul, who is currently ranked 7th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, is the highest ranked participant at this year’s event. Thitikul will defend the title she won at the last event in 2017.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Wen and Gu take silver at Karate 1-Series A in Istanbul

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/05/20
By: Lung Po-an and Ko Lin

Taipei, May 20 (CNA) Taiwanese Wen Tzu-yun (文姿云) and Gu Shiau-shuang (谷筱霜)

Wen Tzu-yun (文姿云/CNA file photo)

won silver medals Sunday after losing their respective finals at the Karate 1-Series A tournament in Istanbul, Turkey.

Wen, who competed in the women’s kumite 55-kilogram category, lost 2-5 to Taravat Khaksar of Iran in the final.

The performance marked her third medal this year after winning gold in the Karate-1 Premier League event in Dubai and silver in the same series in Rabat, Morocco.

The Taiwanese, who holds the Asian Games title in the 55-kg division, currently has the highest ranking points in her weight category in the Olympic qualification process, according to the World Karate Federation’s (WKF) official website on the Tokyo 2020 Standings.    [FULL  STORY]

Filipino summer basketball league kicks off in Taipei

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/05/19
By: William Yen

Basketball muses pose with their team’s banners at the opening ceremony of the CIASI Taiwan Basketball League 2019 in Taipei on Sunday. CNA photo May 19, 2019

Taipei, May 19 (CNA) The Taiwan chapter of the Confederation of Ilocano Association, Inc. (CIASI), or Samahang Ilocano, a Filipino organization that aims to help its compatriots in different countries, kicked off its 2019 summer basketball league tournament in Taipei Sunday.

Officials and renowned members of Taiwan’s Filipino community lead the players and audience in singing the national anthem of the Philippines at the opening ceremony of the CIASI Taiwan Basketball League 2019 in Taipei on Sunday.

The CIASI Taiwan Basketball League 2019, which follows on from the last time the tournament was held in April 2016 in Taipei, features 17 men’s teams.

Apple Jane Dionaldo (front, third left), “muse” of Sanlong St. basketball team, poses with her team at the opening ceremony of the CIASI Taiwan Basketball League 2019 in Taipei on Sunday. CNA photo May 19, 2019

Rheden Delumen, national chairman of CIASI’s Taiwan chapter, which has 13 sub-chapters with approximately 700 members in the country, said the basketball teams are made up of members of Taiwan’s Filipino migrant worker community and is aimed at creating unity, sportsmanship and respect.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Chan sisters advance to Rome semis

Taipei Times
Date: May 18, 2019
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AFP, ROME

Taiwanese sisters Chan Hao-ching and Latisha Chan yesterday rallied from a set down against the third seeds to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali d’Italia in Rome, while Roger Federer on Thursday saved two match points against Borna Coric to advance to the quarter-finals of the men’s singles as defending champion Rafael Nadal and top seed Novak Djokovic raced through in straight sets.

However, Australian firebrand Nick Kyrgios was disqualified after a foul-mouthed rant during his third-round match against Norway’s Casper Ruud which could land him with a lengthy suspension.

The Taiwanese seventh seeds battled to a 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 10-7 victory over Samantha Stosur and Zhang Shuai in 1 hour, 54 minutes at the Foro Italico.

The Chan sisters saved six of 11 break points and converted four of 13, winning 64 percent of points on their second serve to even their career record against the Australian-Chinese duo to 1-1 after a 6-7 (6/8), 7-5, 10-5 loss in the semi-finals in Miami in March.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan seeking new foreign player to boost national hoops team

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/05/15
By: Long Po-an and Joseph Yeh

Taipei, May 15 (CNA) Taiwan’s national basketball team is hoping to recruit a new foreign

Quincy Davis / CNA file photo

player this summer to replace the aging Quincy Davis, with a former National Basketball Association (NBA) player on the short list, a basketball official told CNA on Tuesday.

Lee Yun-hsiang (李雲翔), deputy chief of Taiwan’s Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA), said former Miami Heat center Dexter Pittman has agreed to play for the national team at this summer’s William Jones Cup.

The exhibition tournament being held in July will serve as a testing ground to see if Pittman could be a potential candidate to join the team as a naturalized player and represent Taiwan in future international competitions, Lee said.

Though Pittman is not currently a Taiwan citizen, he can play with the national team at the Jones Cup because it is an exhibition competition and not subject to international rules on citizenship requirements.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Chan sisters advance in Rome

SECOND WIND: Seventh seeds Chan Hao-ching and Latisha Chan rallied to defeat Darija Jurak and Raluca Olaru 3-6, 6-0, 10-5 in 1 hour, 19 minutes on the clay courts

Taipei Times
Date: May 16, 2019
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AFP, ROME

The Chan sisters on Tuesday battled back from a set down to advance to the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali d’Italia, while fellow Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei crashed out in the first round of the women’s singles.

Seventh seeds Chan Hao-ching and Latisha Chan rallied to defeat Darija Jurak and Raluca Olaru 3-6, 6-0, 10-5 in 1 hour, 19 minutes on the clay courts in Rome.

The Taiwanese duo saved five of eight break points and converted four of seven, winning 62 percent of their first-return points to improve their career record over the Croatian-Romanian pairing to 2-0 after a victory in the quarter-finals in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in February.

The Taiwanese sisters were next due to face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia and Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, but yesterday their opponents pulled out of the tournament, handing the Chan sisters a walkover into the quarter-finals
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Video shows Taiwanese baseball player accept getting tagged out with Mother’s Day hug

Out of left field: Taiwanese baseball player feeling Mother’s Day spirit accepts getting tagged out at home with hug

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/05/14
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Lin hugs Kuo. (Still from CPBL video)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Apparently feeling the spirit of Mother’s Day, a Taiwanese baseball player bizarrely accepted getting tagged out at home plate during a game on Sunday (May 12).

During a Chinese Professional Baseball League game held between the Fubon Guardians and the Uni-President Lions on Sunday (Mother’s Day) in New Taipei City’s Xinzhuang District, the Lions were up with a two-run lead in the bottom of the first inning. Fearing that his team’s lead was not enough, Guardians infielder Lin Yi-Chuan (林益全) made a break for home from second base after a teammate hit a ball deep into left field.

Unfortunately, the Lion outfielder’s throw far outpaced Lin, and with several feet to go, catcher Kuo Chun-wei (郭峻偉) had already secured the ball and squatted into position to protect home plate. However, instead of trying to bowl Kuo over, Lin suddenly slowed down and hugged his opponent.

Kuo reciprocated the hug and gently tagged him out, finishing the inning in the process. Kuo then glanced back at Lin as he trotted off the field taking a beat to try and process what had just happened.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Hsieh wins women’s doubles title at Mutua Madrid Open

Taiwan News  
Date: 2019/05/11
By:  Central News Agency
Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) and partner Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic won the women’s doubles title at the Mutua Madrid Open on Saturday to capture their second Premier Mandatory title as a team.

The fifth-seeded Hsieh and Strycova defeated sixth-seeded Xu Yifan (徐一幡) of China and Gabriela Dabrowski of Canada 6-3, 6-1, in a dominating performance that saw them win more than half of their opponents’ points on serve.    [FULL  STORY]

Hsieh and Federer make semis, Osaka falls short

Taipei Times
Date: May 11, 2019
By: Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with AFP, MADRID

Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei on Thursday advanced to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Madrid Open, while Roger Federer had to save two match points to defeat Gael Monfils and reach the quarter-finals of the men’s singles.

Fifth seeds Hsieh and Barbora Strycova took just 63 minutes to see off the challenge of third seeds Samantha Stosur of Australia and Zhang Shuai of China 6-2, 6-4.

The Taiwanese-Czech duo saved five of seven break points and converted five of nine, winning 71 percent of their first-serve points and 60 of the 100 points contested to advance to the semi-finals.

The fifth seeds were due to face Veronika Kudermetova of Russia and Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan, after the unseeded duo ousted eighth seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Demi Schuurs of the Netherlands 6-4, 6-3 in 58 minutes.
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