The Sports Administration program aimed at cultivating more Aboriginal athletes is being expanded, officials said yesterday.
A government program to develop the athletic potential of young Aborigines began in 2012, and as of this year, a total of 810 athletes have been selected for the training program.
Previous program participants have included Hank Yang (楊俊瀚) in track and field, Su Po-ya (蘇柏亞) in taekwondo, Lin Ming-ching (林明靜) in archery, and weightlifters Huong Wan-ting (洪萬庭) and Chiang Nien-hsin (江念欣), the Sports Administration said.
Aboriginal athletes have made outstanding achievements while competing for Taiwan, including decathlonists Yang Chuan-kwang (楊傳廣) and Ku Chin-shui (古金水), basketball players Rosa Chien (錢薇娟) and Cheng Chih-lung (鄭志龍) and Asian Game weightlifting gold medalist Kuo Hsing-chun (郭婞淳), it said.
While the program initially focused on track and field, taekwondo, judo, weightlifting and gymnastics when it began, in 2014, it expanded to include archers and boxers, it said.
In view of the nation’s outstanding performance in last year’s Asian Games in Jakarta in wrestling, karate and shooting, athletes in these categories would be included in the program this year, it said.
Athletes chosen for the program receive government support in several ways, it said.
All participants are given a general physical exam, and then their health and condition are monitored through X-rays, ultrasounds and electrocardiography in a bid to prevent injuries.
Athletes are also educated about the right training diet, which their coaches take into account when creating a training program for them, it said.
The program identifies and assesses the risk factors that could lead to injuries, and coaches then address the risk factors by improving athletes’ movements. It also provides psychological counseling and evaluations, the agency said.
Athletes receive subsidies to pay for extra nutritional elements and tutors to help with their schoolwork, so that they would not be distracted from their training, it added.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
Scooter riders should regularly clean their helmets, especially in summer, to prevent dirt and sweat from accumulating and causing scalp problems, such as hair loss and permanent baldness, a dermatologist has warned. Poor hygiene practices by helmet wearers often lead to scalp problems, such as bacterial folliculitis, tinea capitis and seborrheic dermatitis, Lu Pei-hsuan (呂佩璇) at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital said on Aug 31. The first step to maintain good scalp care is proper hair washing, as shampoo residues can easily cause dandruff and itchy scalps, while improper scratching will cause inflammation, Lu said. The best way to wash your hair is to
INTIMIDATION: Chinese military maneuvers have mostly led to heightened support for Taiwan’s defense forces, while China appears poised to continue its campaign China’s incessant military activities in and near the Taiwan Strait over the past several months are “greater in meaning than in substance,” and are aimed at polarizing Taiwanese society, a researcher said in a report published on Friday. China has attempted to intimidate Taiwan through military threats, while at the same time calling on Taiwanese and US officials to practice restraint, which is aimed at causing a rift between those who prefer resistance against China and those who prefer peace, said Lee Kuan-cheng (李冠成), a researcher at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research. “China’s goal is to obscure public awareness
CONFIRMED IN PHILIPPINES: The CECC would conduct contact tracing for the migrant workers to determine if they had come into contact with elderly people or children Six Filipinos tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning home from Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday as it reported a case of imported COVID-19 infection, bringing the number of confirmed cases in Taiwan to 500. Philippine authorities reported four of the cases through the National IHR Focal Point, while the other two were reported by the company that they had worked for in Taiwan. The six — five women and one man — are aged from their 20s to 40s, and worked as in-home care workers, domestic workers, factory workers and sailors in Taiwan, said Minister of Health and