Taiwan badminton star clinches gold at India Open

Lyon Chiang: Taipei In the opening two tournaments of the new season, Taiwan’s badminton “queen,” Tai Tzu-ying, reached the finals on both occasions. Yesterday, she secured her first championship of the season at the India Open. Overcoming a 6-point deficit in the first game, she ultimately defeated her formidable opponent, Chen Yufei, ranked 2nd in the world, with a score of 21-16, 21-12. This marked her first appearance in the final of the India Open, and she clinched the gold

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Taiwan’s “Judo Prince” wins Best Athlete award for third year running

by Lyon Chiang The Best Male Athlete, the highlight of the Sports Elite Awards, was awarded to Yang Yung-wei (楊勇緯), the “Judo Prince” who secured Taiwan’s 100th gold in Asian Games history. He also became the first athlete in the history of the Elite Awards to achieve a three-peat. Since 2015, the Elite Awards have consisted of eight categories. In the Best Male Athlete category, gymnast “Parallel Bars Prince” Lee Chih-kai won consecutively in 2018 and 2019, while Yang Yung-wei

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Surfers suspend competition, perform ceremony for contestant who died in traffic accident

Surfers competing in the Taiwan Open of Surfing in Taitung County today suspended the morning’s events, and held a paddle-out ceremony for an Indonesian contestant who died in a traffic accident yesterday. More than 100 surfers carried flowers and paddled out of the surf zone to form a circle before holding a minute’s silence in remembrance of 24-year-old pro surfer Febriansyah. The Taitung County Government liaised with Indonesia’s representative office in Taiwan to contact and provide assistance to Febriansyah’s family.

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Rumors fact-checked after two Chinese female athletes dropped from global rankings

Chinese language reports, especially outside of China itself, are widely reporting rumors that two Chinese female athletes were dropped from global rankings because they are actually men, but other reports refute the claims. Taiwan’s Mirror Media reported today that Chinese female track and field athletes Liao Mengxue and Tong Zenghuan both disappeared from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) recently, and that the incident coincided with a June order by the Chinese Athletics Association that provincial athletics teams should test

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5 athletes collapse during Taipei Marathon: 3 required resuscitation after losing vital signs

Five athletes collapsed during the Taipei Marathon event this morning, and were rushed to hospital, at least three having lost vital signs, requiring Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The race started at Taipei City Hall at 6:30 am with the temperature at 13°C, and humidity at 62%. According to reports, a 50-year-old female collapsed, unconscious, on Renai Road, Section 2 at 7:28 am, and was rushed to National Taiwan University Hospital. At 7:43 am, a 41-year-old man collapsed and was also rushed

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Paragliding accident leaves one man dead in Nantou County

Three paragliders from a group of four successfully made emergency landings after hitting turbulence while paragliding in Nantou County, Saturday, December 4, but one man crashed and died. According to a police report, the 48-year-old paraglider, named Wang, launched from Hutou Mountain in Puli Township at around 1:00 pm. At around 3:00 pm, the group were near Nanfang Village on Dongyang Mountain when they hit strong turbulence. Three of the paragliders made emergency landings in a streambed, but Wang’s wing

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Riverside basketball court reclosed after players disobey COVID rules

Just days after reopening Tuesday, a basketball court in a New Taipei City riverside park was reclosed today, because players were spotted not wearing masks, and gathering in breach of social distancing rules. The New Taipei City Water Resources Department announced that the Zhongxing Bridge basketball court in the riverside park in Sanchong District will be closed from today, August 29, until September 13, after people were seen breaching epidemic prevention regulations. People were seen playing basketball without wearing masks,

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Paiwan Warrior wins Olympic silver for Taiwan

Taiwan’s Yang Yung-wei (楊勇緯) took the silver medal in Judo’s 60 kilogram category, marking the country’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics and its first ever Olympic medal for Judo, on the first day of competition, Saturday, July 24. Japan’s Takato Naohisa won the gold medal, while the bronze was shared by France’s Luka Mkheidze and Kazakhstan’s Yeldos Smetov. 23-year-old Yang, of the Paiwan indigenous people, and from Taichung City, previously won silver medals at the 2019 Asian Pacific Judo

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Austronesian youth from 9 nations will join Taiwanese indigenous people at this years National Indigenous Games

Twenty-one people from nine Austronesian nations will compete in traditional sports events with local indigenous athletes at this year’s biennial National Indigenous Games, which kick off tomorrow, March 19, in Yilan County. It is the first time international athletes have participated in traditional Austronesian sports events that will run alongside the official national athletic competitions. Austronesian Youth United will hold three traditional sports competitions, including traditional archery, wood-sawing, and weight carrying. Countries represented in the games include the Marshall Islands,

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Players apologize after N-word used during UBA basketball spat

National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) basketball team players have apologized after one of their team members used a racial slur against a Senegalese-Taiwanese player during a University Basketball Association (UBA) game on Saturday, February 27. At the end of the fourth quarter of a close quarterfinal game, players from NTNU and Shih Hsin University (SHU) got into a heated quarrel during which, an NTNU player, allegedly called Mohammad Al Bachir Gadiaga (阿巴西) “n****r.” According to EBC Sports, the game was

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28,000 run in 2020 Taipei City Marathon: #Dare to Breathe

Taipei City held the 2020 marathon today, despite COVID restrictions, using the theme “#Dare to Breathe.” Taipei City Mayor Ke Wen-je said that it was probably the only large-scale city marathon to held in the world this year, thanking epidemic prevention staff for making it possible. A total of 37,000 people registered for the event, with just 28,000 accepted using a lottery system. Eight-thousand ran the full marathon, while 20,000 ran the half-marathon event. Twelve elite foreign athletes were invited

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