‘National treasure’ 94-year-old basketball coach still in the game

Focus Taiwan
Date: 08/09/2020

Lo Yu-piao (right) teaches students at Yonghe Elementary School/ CNA photo Aug. 9, 2020

Taipei, Aug. 9 (CNA) It is 7 a.m. at Yonghe Elementary School in New Taipei, an old man stands on the sidelines of the basketball court, blows his whistle, and a group of students gather in the center ready for another day of training.

At 94-years-old, basketball coach Lo Yu-piao (羅毓彪) is older than many of the grandparents of his students, but his passion has not diminished over time. He still demonstrates shots and dribbles, his movements smooth and precise.

Lo, who was born in 1926, has been coaching for over 67 years. Many of his students have gone on to become professional coaches and players themselves, including Johnny Yen (顏行書) and Yang Che-i (楊哲宜), cementing Lo's status as a "national treasure."

Once a coach for military basketball teams, for the past nearly four decades Lo has focussed on teaching children, which he says he really enjoys.    [FULL  STORY]

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