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Yani Tseng aims at ending slump

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter

Golfer Yani Tseng, right, and high-school basketball player Chang Yu-han hold an advertisement for the 2017 Summer Universiade at the launch of a promotional video in Taipei yesterday.

Photo: CNA

Taiwanese golfer Yani Tseng (曾雅妮) yesterday said she was determined to overcome her slump in form next year and take part in the 2013 Ladies Professional Golfing Association (LPGA) Women’s Australian Open.

Having suffered a number of setbacks this year, Tseng said she would resume regular training in the US next month, following a month-long rehabilitation after she injured a shoulder and an elbow in an LPGA tournament in South Korea, and start preparing for the LPGA Women’s Australian Open in February.

“This was an unforgettable year in my career. I will discuss my goals for next year with my team and work to regain my confidence. I believe I will have more confidence when training starts in January,” she said yesterday.

Tseng was attending the launch of a promotional video for the 2017 Summer Universiade at Taipei City Hall.

Tseng and Chang Yu-han (張宇涵), this year’s Most Valuable Player in Taiwan’s Women’s High School Basketball League, were invited to serve as spokespeople for the sports event that Taipei is to host in 2017.

Meeting with Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌), Tseng said she was proud to be able to promote the event and applauded the mayor for giving Taiwanese athletes opportunities to show their strength by hosting international sports events.

“I am no longer a college student and will not be eligible to compete in the Universiade. However, it is my honor to help promote the sports event,” Tseng said.

In the latest promotional video, the two athletes wear Santa Claus costumes and invite the public to attend the event in 2017.

The video is the second of a series of commercials unveiled by the city government. Tseng and Chang shot the first promotion video for the event in September.

The organizing committee has budgeted at least NT$70 million (US$2.4 million) to broadcast promotion videos and commercials around the world.

The latest promotional video can also be seen on YouTube.

Hau said the Universiade is the largest international sports event Taipei will ever host.

The city government seeks to promote the city’s international reputation via the event, he said, while promising to economize, given the city’s current financial difficulties.

Taipei City Department of Tourism and Information Commissioner Chao Shin-pin (趙心屏) said the commercial would be broadcast over major media outlets, including CNN, and advertisements would be posted in the New York Times and other international newspapers next month.

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