Lin’s Taiwan passport to make him ‘domestic’ athlete in China

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/20/2020
By Lung Po-an, Chen Chun-hua
and Matthew Mazzetta

CNA file photo

Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) Under rules announced by the Chinese government last year, former NBA basketball player Jeremy Lin's recent acquisition of a Taiwan passport means he will have the status of a "domestic" athlete in his current league, according to the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

Last November, the Chinese government introduced its "26 Measures," which it said is aimed at offering Taiwanese equal treatment to that of Chinese nationals.

The 26th measure, specifically, states that Taiwanese athletes competing in Chinese professional sports leagues can qualify as "domestic" players.

In Lin's case, the rule is significant, because the CBA has limits on the use of foreign players in order to provide an incentive in the development of local talent.    [FULL  STORY]

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