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SPORTS

Universiade athletes named

The Taiwan team competing in the FISU World University Games this year will include at least 11 Olympians, some of whom have won medals at the games, the sports administration said on Thursday. Athletes have already been selected to compete in gymnastics, archery, judo, rowing and taekwondo at the Chengdu Universiade, which was postponed to June and July this year from last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said. Selection of the other athletes will be completed by the end of April, ahead of the team’s formal registration on May 25, he added. Those already selected include gymnast Lee Chih-kai (李智凱), judoka Yang Yung-wei (楊勇緯), archer Tang Chih-chun (湯智鈞), table tennis player Lin Yun-ju (林昀儒) and taekwondoin athlete Lo Chia-ling (羅嘉翎), said Deputy Director-General of Sports Administration Hung Chih-chang (洪志昌).

SPORTS

Baseball series postponed

A series of exhibition baseball games scheduled for next month between Taiwan and Japan has been postponed amid concerns about outbreaks of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) said Wednesday. The CBPL and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball Organization discussed the matter and pushed back the series in the interest of players’ health, CPBL Commissioner Tsai Chi-chang (蔡其昌) said in a statement. Further talks are being held to select a new date for the series, which is scheduled for March 5-6 at the Tokyo Dome, he said.

SOCIETY

Matsu pilgrimage date set

The annual procession of sea goddess Matsu, enshrined at Jenn Lann Temple (鎮瀾宮) in Dajia (大甲) District in Taichung, is scheduled to begin on April 8, the temple said on Tuesday. The news came after the Central Epidemic Command Center announced an easing of COVID-19 restrictions earlier in the day. On Tuesday, when this year’s Lantern Festival was held, Jenn Lann Temple director Yen Ching-biao (顏清標), used moon blocks – a divination tool – to ask Matsu when the nine-day procession should begin. The annual procession is scheduled to begin at 11 p.m. Tens of thousands of devotees are expected to follow Dajia Matsu on its 340-km journey through Taichung, Changhua, Yunlin and Chiayi counties before returning to the temple on April 17, organizers said. As part of its COVID-19 prevention efforts, the temple is asking attendees to avoid the traditional practice of crawling under the icon’s palanquin to receive Matsu’s blessing.

ARTS

Beginning of the first Matsu Biennale

The first Matsu Biennale, featuring 39 artworks and eight projects themed around the theme of Island Brew (島嶼釀), has begun and will run until April 10. The Biennale was curated in part around the passage of the Matsu Islands from a military administration. and a number of the projects are located in former army facilities. All works were created on site by 41 creative teams. In addition to Taiwanese artists, the art consortium also includes international members such as Canadian visual artist Liam Morgan and French-born sound artist Yannick Dauby. With space development and sustainable reuse at the heart of the Biennale’s work, organizers have set out to make the festival part of a 10-year mission to document the islands’ transformation.

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