The Sports Affairs Council (SAC) said yesterday it would hold a meeting next week to determine if athletes and coaches participating in the World Games may be considered for jobs as full-time coaches.
The Rules Governing the Qualifications of Full-Time Coaches Employed at Any Educational Institution (各級學校專任運動教練資格審定辦法) state that only athletes and coaches who have performed extraordinarily well at the Asian Games or the Olympic Games shall be considered, council Deputy Minister Chen Hsien-tsung (陳顯宗) said.
“We will have to seek the opinion of sport experts first and decide if the rules should apply to those in the World Games as well,” he said.
The planned meeting was in response to a plea from Chen Chun-long (陳圳龍), the coach of a women's tug-of-war team. While the team garnered a gold medal at the World Games last year, most of the members have left and found jobs elsewhere.
Chen made his request known to President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who then asked the council to consider Chen Chun-long’s proposal.
Chen Hsien-tsung said conclusions reached at the meeting of experts would help the council determine whether it should amend the rules.
If the council decides to amend the rules, the administrative process should take about three months to complete, he added.
Chen Hsien-tsung said the amendments would not simply focus on athletes competing in the World Games but would try to expand its scope to include those competing in other international games as well.
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