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Ko auctioning off his Chinese Taipei jersey

Ko auctioning off his Chinese Taipei jersey

Ko auctioning off his Chinese Taipei jersey

Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je is auctioning off the number 66 Chinese Taipei baseball jersey he wore in support of the nation’s little league team, who embarked on a quest for championship in the United States on Saturday, reports said Sunday.

The Dongyuan Elementary School Baseball Team, after defeating their rivals from South Korea in the Asia-Pacific tournament of the Little League Baseball (LLB), has earned them a ticket to the LLB World Series in the U.S., which is set to take place in Williamsport, Pennsylvania from August 20 to 30.

Ko said the fund generated from the auction will go to support the young athletes, adding that it was not the school’s first trip to the LLB World Series, where it had won the nation’s last championship trophy in 1972.

“After four decades, the younger generation from the school will have a chance at bringing the title back home again,” he said.

The city government has previously sponsored NT$1.9 million (US$63,000) to the little league team, which are being used to purchase training equipment, baseball gear, and among other things.

The auctioned outfit consists of Ko’s signature jersey, pants and a baseball cap. At a starting bid of NT$6,600 (US$220), the current bid has risen to NT$13,440 (US$448) as of noon Sunday. The closing bid will end on August 20.