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    2013 Taiwan Japan Baseball Challenges—

    Return of Glory

    In preparation for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association invited the Japanese Samurai to play a three-game series in Taiwan against the Chinese Taipei Baseball Team.

    The national team put forth a superb performance at the World Baseball Classic, and the nation's efforts to strengthen competitiveness have attracted the attention of Japanese baseball circles. This match-up with the Chinese Taipei Baseball Team advances Taiwan-Japan baseball exchanges, helps both sides cultivate young baseball talent, and offers valuable international competitive experience.

    The Chinese Taipei Baseball Association has been actively coordinating with Japan's Yomiuri Giants since June of this year, and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan and the Association of East Asian Relations have also provided substantial assistance to make this Taiwan-Japan series in Taiwan a reality. Considering that the national teams of Taiwan and Japan are both currently rated among the top 4 nations in the world by the WBSC Baseball World Rankings and that both teams consist of their starting lineups, the matchup fueled a lot of buzz and anticipation and made baseball a sports headline.

    Guoguang Sports Medal and Scholarship Revisions Mulling Inclusion of Professional Competition and Baseball Classic

    Following numerous panel discussions among specialists and scholars and public hearing processes, the Ministry of Education has released a preliminary announcement of the Guoguang Sports Medal and Scholarships revision content. In addition to increasing the Guoguang First Level First Class (1st place at Olympics) Scholarship amounts, it has also has included international professional competition and the World Baseball Classic as Guoguang Sports Medal and Scholarship events. This revision is in line with international competitive sports development trends and substantially upgrades incentives for the nation's athletes.

    This revision process went through 14 specialist and scholar panel discussions and 2 public hearings. Factoring in current international sports competition and sports policy objectives, the Guoguang First Level First Class Scholarship increased from NT$12 million to NT$20 million, a sum that conveys the emphasis on Olympic gold medal athletes and further encourages athletes to make capturing the Olympic gold their career aspiration.

    Due to the recent spectacular performances by Taiwanese professional athletes, the Sports Administration has for the first time included international professional competition for Olympic Sports eligible to receive Guoguang Medal and Scholarship. In the future professional athletes with exceptional performances in professional competition will be eligible to receive the Guoguang Medal and Scholarship to honor their achievements and contributions to the nation.

    In light of the unique natures and levels of exposure among the various professional sports, the Sports Administration will continue to assemble domestic and overseas specialists and scholars to hold discussions and deliberations on incentive methods and content for professional competition. During the preliminary phases, suggestions will be gathered from the various disciplines to realign the Guoguang Medal and Scholarship mechanism in tune with the pulse of the nation's competitive sports development.

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