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Chapter 15 Sports for All

Part 2 Nurturing Athletic Talent to Enhance Taipei City's Competitive Sports Profile

1. Providing Athletic Coaching and Care, Connecting Athletes to International Competitions

In accordance with the Taipei City Basic Athletic Training Station Implementation Rules and other policies of the Sports Administration of the Ministry of Education, Basic Athletic Training Stations have been established at schools of every level, sports centers, and the Single Sports Associations of the Taipei Municipal Athletics Federation. In 2014, promising athletes were fostered and trained at 266 stations, equipped with top-quality facilities and staffed by professional coaches. To prepare for the 2017 Taipei Universiade, the Department of Sports amended the 2017 Taipei Universiade Potential Athletes Cultivation Subsidy Program: as well as subsidizing the resources necessary for training at each Basic Athletic Training Station, the program now provides subsidies for relocation in order to train, going abroad to participate in competitions, and organizing matches.

Table 2 The Installation of Basic Athletic Training Stations in Schools in 2014

Type Number of Stations Type Number of Stations
Athletics 39 Fencing 8
Swimming 28 Rowing 3
Table Tennis 17 Canoeing 2
Badminton 16 Weight Lifting 2
Archery 10 Ice Skating 4
Taekwondo 15 Soccer 7
Tennis 5 Volleyball 10
Judo 12 Cue Sports 2
Gymnastics 6 Martial Arts 3
Women's Softball 7 Handball 7
Shooting 2 Baseball 2
Karate 13 Rugby 3
Boxing 5 Basketball 4
Wrestling 6 Diving 1

Table 3 The Installation of Basic Athletic Training Stations in Single Sports Associations and Sports Centers in 2014

Type Number of Stations Type Number of Stations
Taekwondo 1 Handball 1
Shooting 1 Bowling 1
Boxing 1 Golf 1
Wrestling 1 Water Polo 1
Fencing 1 Ironman Triathlon 1
Cue Sports 1 Squash 1
Martial Arts 1

Table 4 The Installation of Basic Athletic Training Stations for Baseball in 2014

Type Number of Stations
Baseball 14

Figure 1 The Institutional Distribution of Basic Athletic Training Stations in 2014
Figure 1 The Institutional Distribution of Basic Athletic Training Stations in 2014

In addition to this, sports science was applied to develop the most effective training methods and establish the Competitive Ability Database for Athletes, which provides accurate information on the performance of individual athletes for analysis by sports scientists and evaluation by coaches. The establishment of the Taipei City Center for Athletic Health Management provided fully-subsidized health and fitness check-ups to outstanding athletes, with a follow-up sports medicine outpatient service provided by Taipei City Hospital Renai Branch. To help prevent and treat sports injuries, in 2014 the TCG set up 16 2-room Basic First Aid Stations across the city's 12 districts and assigned sports injury specialists to each of the Basic Athletic Training Stations. In 2014, 46,880 people were treated through this program, which gives athletes the peace of mind to successfully forge long and healthy athletic careers.

The Department of Sports cheers on the Basic Basketball Training Station A fitness test is performed at the Sports Science Center
The Department of Sports cheers on the Basic Basketball Training Station A fitness test is performed at the Sports Science Center

2. School Physical Education as the Foundation for Nurturing Excellent Athletes

Schools of all level in Taipei City have established Key Athletic Development Programs, with P.E. classes taught by full-time, professional sports coaches. By developing each competitive sport and establishing a system capable of fostering excellent athletes, the Taipei City Government has enabled competitive sports to take root across the city's schools.
The Key Athletic Development Programs established across the city's schools and designed to foster athletic talent begin in the 5th grade of elementary school and run until the 3rd grade of senior high school. There is one class per grade, made up of between 15 and 30 students. In the 2014 academic year, the program ran 231 classes: 77 in 37 elementary schools, 92 in 30 junior high schools, and 62 in 20 senior high schools. The classes included athletics, water sports, gymnastics, ball sports, boxing, shooting and archery, canoeing, rowing, weight lifting, wrestling, ice and figure skating, local activities, and dance. All these sports are the foundation of Basic Athletic Training Station.

Members of the Executive Yuan and Dongyuan Elementary School Junior Baseball Team compete
Members of the Executive Yuan and Dongyuan Elementary School Junior Baseball Team compete

3. Hosting International Sporting Events to Attract Outstanding Competitive Athletes and Encourage International Exchange

(1) ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2014

Held at the Taipei Dome from January 20 to 25, 2014, this annual competition ranks alongside the Winter Olympics, the World Figure Skating Championships, and the European Figure Skating Championships as one of the top competitions organized by the International Skating Union (ISU). This year, 15 teams, comprising 300 athletes, came from around the world to compete, attracting 30,000 spectators from Taiwan and abroad. At the Exhibition Gala, held on January 25, around 150,000 spectators were treated to a magnificent display of athleticism and elegance.

(2) 2014 Badminton Asia Youth U19 Championships 2014

Held at the Taipei Gymnasium on January 16 to 23, 2014, this is Asia's top regional badminton tournament for players ages 19 and under. This is the second time this top Asian junior event has been held in Taipei after being hosted by the city in 2001. This year, over 250 top badminton players from more than 20 different countries participated and wowed spectators by playing to a standard far beyond their young age. The Chinese Taipei team did not disappoint the expectant public, coming away with the bronze medal in the mixed team championships.

The Chinese Taipei mixed doubles team compete in the 2014 Badminton Asia Youth U19 Championships Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin rode at the front of the 2014 Tour de Taiwan
The Chinese Taipei mixed doubles team compete in the 2014 Badminton Asia Youth U19 Championships Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin rode at the front of the 2014 Tour de Taiwan

(3) 2014 Tour de Taiwan

The Tour de Taiwan is Taiwan's top international road bicycle race. Held from March 9 to 13, 2014, the 25th Tour de Taiwan began in Taipei City before proceeding onto stages in Taoyuan County, Zhanghua County, Tainan City and finally, Dapeng Bay in Pingdong. Classed as a 2.1 category race by the International Cycling Union (2 denotes a multi-day or stage race, 1 denotes the category of the race), this year 200 cyclists in 22 teams from 30 countries took part in the Tour de Taiwan. Thanks to daily-televised coverage from the renowned international sports channel FOX Sports, audiences around the world glimpsed Taipei City at its healthiest and most active.

Cyclists warm up for the 2014 Tour de Taiwan
Cyclists warm up for the 2014 Tour de Taiwan

(4) WTF Qualification Tournament for 2014 Youth Olympic Games and 10th WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championships

The largest-scale competitive Taekwondo event ever held in Taiwan, the WTF Qualification Tournament for 2014 Youth Olympic Games and 10th WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championships were held in the Taipei Dome from March 20 to 26. 748 athletes from 98 countries competed in the WTF Qualification Tournament for 2014 Youth Olympic Games, while 1,190 athletes from 102 countries took part in the 10th World Junior Taekwondo Championships – the greatest number of athletes ever hosted at this annual event. Taiwanese athletes won a gold, a bronze, and two silver medals, and five qualified for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

The opening ceremony of the 2014 World Junior Taekwondo Championships
The opening ceremony of the 2014 World Junior Taekwondo Championships

(5) ISF Badminton 2014 World School Championship

The ISF Badminton 2014 World School Championship – the highest-level single sport competition organized by the International School Sport Federation – was held from March 5 to 12 in the Taipei Gymnasium. Taiwanese students have been participating since 2002, but 2014 was the first year in which Taipei City hosted this fiercely competitive event. The 16 teams from Taiwan won an impressive total of 16 medals: five gold, ten silver, and one bronze.

(6) The 16th Asian Junior Athletics Championships 2014

The 16th Asian Junior Athletics Championships is an intercontinental tournament for junior athletes organized by the Asian Athletics Association. 2014 tournament was held from June 12 to 15 at the Taipei Stadium – the first Asian Athletics Association event ever to be held in Taiwan. The Chinese Taipei team came away with four gold, three silver, and eight bronze medals, ranking 4th overall out of 32 countries. The four-day tournament attracted around 30,000 spectators.

The winner of the gold medal in 400 Meter Hurdle at the 16th Asian Junior Athletics Championships 2014
The winner of the gold medal in 400 Meter Hurdle at the 16th Asian Junior Athletics Championships 2014

(7) The 17th Asian Women's U19 Volleyball Championship 2014

The 17th Asian Women's U19 Volleyball Championship 2014 was held from July 16 to 24 at the University of Taipei Tian-Mu Campus and the Taipei Gymnasium. Asia's most competitive women's volleyball tournament, the event attracted more than 14,000 spectators and brought teams to Taipei City from Australia, the PRC, Hong Kong, Iran, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Macau, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Vietnam and Chinese Taipei. The top three teams won the chance to represent Asia at the 2015 World Women's U19 Volleyball Championship.

A heroic performance at the 17th Asian Women's U19 Volleyball Championship 2014 A press conference for the Yonex Open Chinese Taipei 2014
A heroic performance at the 17th Asian Women's U19 Volleyball Championship 2014 A press conference for the Yonex Open Chinese Taipei 2014

(8) The Yonex Open Chinese Taipei 2014

The Yonex Open Chinese Taipei 2014 was held from July 15 to 20 at the Taipei Dome. Its forerunner, the Taipei International Badminton Invitational Tournament, was first held on November 11, 1980; in 1995, it became an open tournament; and in 2006, it became the Grand Prix Gold, with $17,000 US dollars of prize money. The tournament has been held for 33 consecutive years, and is now part of the Badminton World Federation Grand Prix Gold and Grand Prix. In 2014, the Yonex Open returned to Taipei for the first time in eight years. 367 players from 21 countries – including two-time Olympic gold medal winner Lin Dan – competed, attracting more than 10,000 enthusiastic spectators.

(9) The 2014 Chinese Taipei Junior Table Tennis Open

The 2014 Chinese Taipei Junior Table Tennis Open, one stage of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Global Junior Circuit, was held in Taiwan for the fourth time from September 24 to 28, 2014. More than A press conference for the Yonex Open Chinese Taipei 2014 170 players from 12 countries participated in the tournament, which was held at the Taipei Gymnasium. Taiwan's team won seven gold and seven silver medals – more than any other team – and came top in the 15- and 18-year-old boys' singles competitions. Liao Chen-ting followed in the footsteps of Wen Wei-jie last year, gaining the gold medal in the boys' singles competition – the first time the Chinese Taipei team has won a gold medal two years in a row since the city began hosting the tournament four years ago.

(10) 5th Asian University Men's Basketball Championship 2014

Seeking to enhance the competitiveness of university-level men's basketball and increase the nation's international competition experience, Taiwan regularly hosts and participates in the Asian University Men's Basketball Championship. Since its inception in 2006, more and more countries have come to participate. Over the years, the results of the Chinese Taipei team have steadily improved; they were champions for the first time in 2006. The 5th Asian University Men's Basketball Championship 2014 was held at the University of Taipei from November 3 to 8. After giving their all, the young men from the Chinese Taipei team came away with the respectable result of second place.

(11) 2014 OEC Taipei WTA Challenger

Since gaining authorization from the International Tennis Federation in 2007, the OEC Taipei Challenger has been one of Taiwan's most important annual international sporting events, and has drawn the praise of fans and professional international tennis players alike. Given the recent excellent performances of Taiwanese tennis players on the international stage, more and more Taiwanese people want to watch tennis. The 2014 OEC Taipei WTA Challenger was held in the Taipei Dome from November 2 to 9, 2014, and maintained the high standards of previous years with fierce competition on all sides. In the doubles final, two teams from Taiwan faced each other, gaining both the gold and silver cups for the tournament's host country.

(12) 2014 Taipei International AA Baseball Invitational Tournament

The 2014 Taipei International AA Baseball Invitational Tournament was held from December 21 to 25 at Tianmu Baseball Stadium, Xinsheng Baseball Stadium, Guanshan Baseball Stadium, Zhongshan Baseball Stadium and the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium. 32 teams, including renowned squads from junior high schools in Japan, Korea and Hong Kong were invited to compete against teams from schools renowned for baseball around Taiwan.

(13) 2014 Taipei Fubon Marathon

On December 21, 2014, elite road runners from Taiwan and around the world gathered in Citizen Square in front of Taipei City Hall for the 2014 Fubon Marathon – Taiwan's most important annual marathon. Almost 43,000 people registered for the marathon, filling up all available places in less than a fortnight. As well as promoting and publicizing the healthy habit of running among Taiwanese people, this event has helped cultivate many professional Taiwanese athletes.
For f our successi ve year s , fema le participation in the marathon has risen, and in 2014, for the first time, female runners made up more than 30% of participants. Participants have also been getting younger: in 2014, two thirds were under the age of 39. These statistics show that running has becoming increasingly popular among all sections of Taiwan's society. In terms of international participation, 2014 saw a 23% increase in overseas runners, who were drawn from 40 countries around the world. Thus, the Fubon Marathon continues to promote healthy exercise habits among local people while providing a unique opportunity for international athletic exchange.