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Taiwan to spend NT$2 billion on baseball revitalization plan

Taiwan to spend NT$2 billion on baseball revitalization plan

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday that the government will invest more than NT$2 billion over the next four years in efforts aimed at revitalizing baseball in Taiwan.
The endeavors will include reforming the baseball competition system, expanding the number of players and providing incentives for students to take up the sport, Ma said during a second national conference on baseball.
He said the government will mobilize all available resources to ensure that "2010, the first year of a baseball revival, " is "not a mere slogan." He also said that progress of the revitalization and a timetable of the various initiatives will be published online and accessible for public scrutiny.
According to the president, schools should improve the ways in which physical education is provided so that students "know more than just how to play ball." Ma expressed hope that the sport will not be further ruined by recent game-rigging scandals involving professional baseball players.
In the wake of the scandals, some 800 baseball fans took to the streets of Taipei Nov. 29 demanding that the government do something to rescue the sport.
The action prompted the president to call the first-ever national conference on baseball Dec. 1 to discuss ways of reviving and upgrading the sport.
A Cabinet-level task force headed by Vice Premier Eric Liluan Chu was also established to coordinate related efforts.
(By Garfie Li and Y.F. Low)




Updated : 2021-06-22 04:30 GMT+08:00