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Taipower denies it plans to halt team sponsorship

SPORTING CHANCE:A Taipower spokesman admitted that a proposal had been made to disband teams sponsored by the firm, but denied any imminent action

By Hung Ting-hung, Lin Shih-ping and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

“Our players’ performances have done Taipower proud They deserve the support they receive and it is disheartening to hear that Taipower wants to scrap the team,” Chen said.

Head coach of Taipower baseball team Chen Chi-hsiang (陳哲祥) said that his team has more than 70 years of history.

“Because Taipower has long supported amateur baseball to cultivate local talent, Taiwan now has stars like Wang Chien-ming [王建民] and Team Taiwan has enjoyed good results in international competitions. We have produced many good players who went on to the pro teams. The value of a team is not measured by mere money alone,” Chen said.

Chien Wei-chuan (錢薇娟) head coach of Taipower women’s basketball team was worried.

“If the government does not voice its support, then our nation’s highest level competition, the Women’s Super Basketball League could cease to operate. After its eighth season, now only four struggling clubs remain. If the historic trademark Taipower team folds, the league cannot continue with just three teams,” she said.

Additional reporting by Jordan Huang,

Wang Bei-lin and Hsu Ming-li

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