SOCCER: TAIWAN V AUSTRALIA
After being thumped by the Australian national team 11-0 last Wednesday in Adelaide, Australia, the Taiwanese men's soccer team will try to capitalize on its home-field advantage during a rematch today. The game, the second leg of the qualifier for next year's Beijing Olympics, begins at 6pm at Zhongshan Soccer Stadium in Taipei. Entry is free.
No change for CPBL
Lee Wen-pin (李文彬), secretary-general of the Chinese Profes-sional Baseball League (CPBL), refuted speculation that the league could be the next organization set by the government to change its name to "Taiwan," the Chinese-language China Times said yesterday.
Because the league is asking for tax breaks and financial assistance from the Cabinet's National Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, there had been speculation that the CPBL might face pressure to follow the path of the recently renamed Taiwan Post Co (臺灣郵政) and CPC Corp, Taiwan (台灣中油).
Yesterday league and team leaders met with Minister of Finance Ho Chih-chin (
However, as the CPBL is privately run organization, the government has no power to order it to change its name.
Lee said that "only state-run enterprises have to change their names and this isn't related to our financial or legal matters. We've never even thought about changing our name."
LU WINS, GROUP Struggles
Top Taiwanese tennis player Lu Yen-hsung (
Lu recently fell foul of the Chinese Taipei Tennis Association, which is coming under fire from all sides in the aftermath of Taiwan's upset loss to Thailand in the Davis Cup's Asia/Oceana Zone on Sunday. The organization's message board has been covered with posts accusing the organization of a lack of professionalism and hindering the development of tennis in Taiwan.
Lu reportedly dropped out of the tournament after his demand that the association treat its players better was denied.
There is also a controversy between Chan Yung-jan (詹詠然) and Chuang Chia-jung (莊佳容), silver medalists at last year's Asian Games, and their coaches, who they accuse of not distributing prize money as agreed.
MEET THE TIGERS IN KAOHSIUNG
Fans of the Super Basketball League's Dacin Tigers can meet their favorite players at the Life 1 Shopping Center in Kaohsiung today during a public signing being held for Valentines Day.