Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday said that racial discrimination is unacceptable and urged an investigation of an incident on Saturday during a college basketball game in Taipei that sparked a heated exchange between players and prompted the Sports Administration to adopt stricter regulations.
The incident occurred during a University Basketball Association game between Shih Hsin University and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) when the “N-word” was used against Mohammad Al Bachir Gadiaga (阿巴西), a Senegalese Taiwanese.
Al Bachir of Shih Hsin University complained to the referee that the racial slur had been used by NTNU player Lin Shih-hsuan (林仕軒) about 4 seconds before the end of their quarter-final.
Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times
With NTNU holding a 65-62 lead, the Shih Hsin University players were trying to foul their opponents to prevent them running down the clock.
“He called me a n*****,” Al Bachir told the referee, after a tussle in which he took a swipe at an NTNU player.
The referee, rather than acting on the complaint, awarded both sides a technical foul and NTNU held on to the lead until the final whistle.
Lin after the game apologized to Al Bachir and also to Shih Hsin University. The school later in a statement said that it had accepted the apology.
NTNU coach Wang Chih-chun (王志群) said that the racist incident had occurred amid high emotions on both sides.
The Sports Administration on Monday said that it would adopt international rules for all subsequent games to prevent any similar incidents.
Any flagrant “unsporting” actions by players would be considered a disqualifying foul, in line with International Basketball Federation regulations, it said, adding that schools need to do more to teach students respect for ethnic diversity.
Taiwanese sports teams have become more ethnically diverse, particularly in the P.League+, the nation’s professional basketball league, in which the teams all have at least three non-Asian players.
African-American player Quincy Davis, who renounced his US citizenship in 2013 to become eligible to play for the national team, in 2015 said that he was comfortable living in Taiwan.
“This country wants to embrace me, and so far they’ve taken me to heart, and taken to heart the views of MLK [Martin Luther King Jr] to only be judged by the content of your character, not the color of your skin,” he told the American Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan’s Taiwan Business TOPICS magazine.
While the antiparasitic drug ivermectin is being touted as a treatment for COVID-19 in many parts of the world, Taiwanese experts on Monday warned against regular use of the drug in COVID-19 treatment, citing a lack of solid evidence. “Following an experts’ meeting, we do not recommend regular use of ivermectin in treating COVID-19 due to the lack of enough evidence,” said Chang Shan-chwen (張上淳), convener of the Central Epidemic Command Center’s (CECC) expert advisory panel. A report in the American Journal of Therapeutics said that meta-analyses based on 18 randomized controlled treatment trials of ivermectin in COVID-19 patients had found large,
CLASSES HALTED: Cram schools have had to return tuition fees due to mandatory closures and might need to lay off half of their staff because of a lack of revenue The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the education sector, with some cram schools and tutoring centers saying they might soon be unable to pay their instructors due to the extension of a nationwide level 3 COVID-19 alert. The heightened alert level means schools must remain closed, so cram schools and tutoring centers have had to return tuition fees, one cram school said. June is normally the peak season for recruiting new students at cram schools and tutoring centers, but this year many such schools might need to lay off half of their staff due to a lack of
A person who was on Friday reported as the first in Taiwan to die after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine died of a heart attack, a Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) official said yesterday. The deceased, whose sex and age were not disclosed, had coronary artery disease, which led to a fatal heart attack, Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), who is the CECC’s spokesman, told a news conference, citing the autopsy report. It was the first death listed as a possible adverse event after receiving the AstraZenenca COVID-19 vaccine since the start of the vaccination program on March 22. The
Taichung, Kaohsiung and Chiayi County are to adopt a COVID-19 vaccine administration method invented in a town in Japan to make the inoculation process easier for elderly people, the local governments said. Under the method, dubbed the “Umi-machi style,” seniors who go to get their jabs at designated venues remain seated while a team of medical staff move from one person to another to administer their shots. Umi, a town in Fukuoka Prefecture, conceived of the idea by observing Toyota’s vehicle assembly lines, which are renowned for being efficient. Taichung, which has about 36,000 people older than 85, would try to