Sports

National event planned for Taiwanese athletes in August

Focus Taiwan
Date: 05/22/2020
By: Huang Chiao-wen and Kay Liu

A friendly soccer game held at the National Sports Training Center in late April / File photo courtesy of the National Sports Training Center

Taipei, May 22 (CNA) A national competitive sports event is planned for early August, so Taiwanese athletes originally scheduled to participate in the Tokyo Olympics this summer can review their fitness and make revisions to training programs if necessary, the Sports Administration head said Thursday.

A total of 12 disciplines will be featured in the event scheduled from Aug. 1-8 at the National Sports Training Center in southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung, said Sports Administration Director-General Kao Chin-hsung (高俊雄).

The disciplines announced by Kao include athletics, swimming, archery, boxing, karate, gymnastics, table tennis, badminton, weight-lifting, taekwondo, judo, and shooting.

The event is planned so athletes can determine whether their training remains on track, according to Kao.
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CORONAVIRUS/Fans flock to New Taipei baseball game after relaxed restrictions

Focus Taiwan
Date: 05/15/2020
By: Yang Chi-fang and Ko Lin

In the Fubon Guardians’ home stadium in New Taipei

Taipei, May 15 (CNA) Some 1,720 fans flocked to a baseball game played in New Taipei on Friday, one day after Taiwan's professional baseball league began relaxing its restrictions by allowing more fans into stadiums and letting them eat and drink while watching the games.

The match was between the Fubon Guardians and Rakuten Monkeys at Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium in the northern Taiwan city.

All of the infield seats were sold out, Fubon Guardians deputy manager Chen Chao-ju (陳昭如) said, explaining that the lifting of food restrictions at stadiums had helped boost audience turnout.

On Thursday, Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) gave the green light for the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) to allow more fans to attend games played at local stadiums starting Friday, increasing the maximum attendance from 1,000 to 2,000.    [FULL  STORY]

CTFA bullish as TFPL viewing figures increase

Taipei Times
Date: May 21, 2020
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

Global interest in the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) amid global COVID-19 lockdowns that have left soccer fans bereft of live action is good news for the league and Taiwanese players, CTFA general secretary Fang Ching-jen says.

“The government and Taiwanese took the coronavirus outbreak seriously and followed disease prevention measures rigorously so that Taiwan could shine on the world stage. Because of these effective policies and actions, it was possible for Taiwan’s top soccer leagues, both men’s and women’s, to start the season on time. Therefore we have an opportunity for many nations to learn more about the development of soccer in Taiwan,” Fang told the Taipei Times at the weekend.

“Clubs in both the men’s and women’s top leagues have signed more foreign players in recent years, and they have taken up vital roles and boosted the level of play. We are delighted that the international community is taking more of an interest in Taiwan, and also in our soccer leagues,” Fang said.

The CTFA is very willing to share with other nations its experiences getting the soccer season started, such as the preparation of stadiums, and disease prevention measures for players, coaches and match officials, given that other professional leagues in Europe, Asia and elsewhere are preparing to resume later this month or next month, Fang said.    [FULL  STORY]

CORONAVIRUS/Fans flock to New Taipei baseball game after relaxed restrictions

Focus Taiwan
Date: 05/15/2020
By: Yang Chi-fang and Ko Lin

In the Fubon Guardians’ home stadium in New Taipei

Taipei, May 15 (CNA) Some 1,720 fans flocked to a baseball game played in New Taipei on Friday, one day after Taiwan's professional baseball league began relaxing its restrictions by allowing more fans into stadiums and letting them eat and drink while watching the games.

The match was between the Fubon Guardians and Rakuten Monkeys at Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium in the northern Taiwan city.

All of the infield seats were sold out, Fubon Guardians deputy manager Chen Chao-ju (陳昭如) said, explaining that the lifting of food restrictions at stadiums had helped boost audience turnout.

On Thursday, Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) gave the green light for the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) to allow more fans to attend games played at local stadiums starting Friday, increasing the maximum attendance from 1,000 to 2,000.    [FULL  STORY]

Taipei T10 finals resume today

Taipei Times
Date: May 17, 2020
By: Grant Dexter / Staff reporter

Cameraman Michael Geier kicks water from a puddle beside the covers on the pitch at the Yingfeng Cricket Ground after rain stopped play at the Taipei T10 Tournament yesterday.
Photo: Grant Dexter, Taipei Times

The semi-finals of the Taipei T10 Cricket Tournament are scheduled for today at the Yingfeng Cricket Ground after rain halted play halfway through yesterday’s matches.

The TCA Indians reached semi-final 1, where PCCT United await, via a qualifier against the FCC Formosans, with TCA and FCC the top teams from group play.

Sadique Anwar’s 3-15 lifted him near the top of the wicket-takers’ column with eight so far in the tournament and helped restrict TCA to 90-6, with Murugan Subramani hitting 32.

However, the Formosans fell to a four-run loss as captain Manoj Kriplani (0-7) tied down the batsmen with two miserly overs.    [FULL  STORY]

CORONAVIRUS/CPBL to allow more fans to attend baseball games starting Friday

Focus Taiwan
Date: 05/14/2020
By: Yang Chi-fang and Ko Lin

CNA file photo

Taipei, May 14 (CNA) The Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) will allow more fans to attend games played at local stadiums starting Friday, increasing the maximum attendance from 1,000 to 2,000, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday.

Although spectators will still not be allowed to bring their own food to venues, boxed-meals will be available for purchase at games, the CECC said.

Special seating arrangements, not bound by social distancing restrictions, will also be made available at stadiums for families, the center said.

According to the CPBL schedule, the Fubon Guardians play the Rakuten Monkeys at their home stadium in New Taipei's Xinzhuang District on Friday, while the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions team is at home to the CTBC Brothers at Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium the same day.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan’s Emilio Estevez makes CPL history

Taipei Times
Date: May 15, 2020
By: Dave Carroll / Staff reporter

Taiwan’s Emilio Estevez, right, controls the ball as he looks for a way around Australia’s Brandon Borrello in their FIFA World Cup qualifier at Kaohsiung National Stadium on Oct. 15 last year.
Photo: Huang Chih-yuan, Taipei Times

Taiwan international soccer player Emilio Estevez has signed for Dutch side ADO Den Haag for an undisclosed fee, his side York9 announced on Tuesday, making the 21-year-old midfielder the first Canadian Premier League (CPL) player to sign for a top-flight European side.

“I’m super happy. It’s something that I wasn’t expecting, to be honest,” Estevez told the CPL Web site. “It’s something that really caught me off-guard, but it feels good to be able to make a little bit of history and leave my mark in the CPL, and show players that anything is possible — that if you work hard and put your mind to it that you can attract big teams in Europe.”

Estevez, eligible for Taiwan through his mother, was first called up to the international squad in February last year.

He made his international debut in October last year in a 7-1 loss to Australia in FIFA World Cup qualifying, before earning two more caps against Kuwait and Jordan.   [FULL  STORY]

Chen Jui-chieh fires brace, but Tatung held 2-2

Taipei Times
Date: May 12, 2020
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

Tatung forward Chen Jui-chieh, second right, controls the ball against Hang Yuan in their Taiwan Football Premier League match at Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei City on Sunday.
Photo: Liao Yu-wei, Taipei Times

Tatung and Hang Yuan each picked up a point on Sunday after a 2-2 draw in the fifth round of Taiwan Football Premier League matches, while Taiwan Steel netted four in a robust display of their firepower.

With first-placed Taipower being held to a scoreless draw the title race is wide open, with four teams within four points of the league leaders.

Taiwan international Chen Jui-chieh scored a brace as Tatung grabbed a 2-1 lead against Hang Yuan at Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei City, but attacking midfielder Wu Yen-shu equalized in the 60th minute to claim a share of the points for Hang Yuan.

Hang Yuan went ahead in the 17th minute when a cross from the right was volleyed into the roof of the net by former Haiti international Judelin Aveska.    [FULL  STORY]

Chen Jui-chieh fires brace, but Tatung held 2-2

Taipei Times
Date: May 12, 2020
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

Tatung forward Chen Jui-chieh, second right, controls the ball against Hang Yuan in their Taiwan Football Premier League match at Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei City on Sunday.
Photo: Liao Yu-wei, Taipei Times

Tatung and Hang Yuan each picked up a point on Sunday after a 2-2 draw in the fifth round of Taiwan Football Premier League matches, while Taiwan Steel netted four in a robust display of their firepower.

With first-placed Taipower being held to a scoreless draw the title race is wide open, with four teams within four points of the league leaders.

Taiwan international Chen Jui-chieh scored a brace as Tatung grabbed a 2-1 lead against Hang Yuan at Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei City, but attacking midfielder Wu Yen-shu equalized in the 60th minute to claim a share of the points for Hang Yuan.

Hang Yuan went ahead in the 17th minute when a cross from the right was volleyed into the roof of the net by former Haiti international Judelin Aveska.    [FULL  STORY]

AIT encourages CPBL to add name ‘Taiwan’ in overseas ads

Taiwan CPBL ponders ways to prevent being mistaken for China's baseball league

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/05/10
By: Ching-Tse Cheng, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

CPBL Commissioner John Wu (left) meets with AIT Director William Christensen.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) said Saturday (May 9) that it received advice from the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on ways to prevent being mistaken for a Chinese professional baseball league.

After becoming the first in the world to allow spectators into its stadiums, the CPBL has entered the global spotlight for its quick and successful pandemic prevention measures. However, due to having the word "Chinese" in its name, the CPBL has also created confusion for foreign media and spectators as to where the five-team league is based.

According to Liberty Times, several international media outlets have erroneously referred to the CPBL as a baseball league in China, such as the Los Angeles Times and Barstool Sports. As a result, many Taiwanese lawmakers, including those of the New Power Party (NPP), have urged the Taiwanese league to heed public opinion and change its name.

In an official statement released Saturday evening, the CPBL said its commissioner John Wu (吳志揚) had recently met with AIT Director William Christensen (酈英傑) to exchange ideas on how to increase the league's exposure. It said Christensen was very impressed with the number of foreign spectators the league's English-language broadcasts have attracted and hoped that the program would continue.    [FULL  STORY]