27.7 C
Manila
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Home Sports Top Sports Top Taiwanese sportsman poached by China

Top Taiwanese sportsman poached by China

A TOP pool player has become the first Taiwanese sportsman to give up his citizenship in order to represent China, fuelling concern of a “brawn drain” to the mainland, local media said Thursday.

Wu Chia-ching, 22, a world champion in 2005, rocked Taiwan’s sports circles with the announcement that he will represent China in a pool tournament later this month after becoming a Chinese citizen, the Central News Agency said.

Local media said Wu is the first Taiwanese athlete to obtain Chinese citizenship—a claim sports officials contacted by AFP could not immediately confirm.


“Wu’s case highlights the crisis Taiwan is facing as it risks losing its top sport talents,” said the state-funded agency. “The government has to come up with incentives to keep them.”

Wu reportedly was also approached by Singapore in 2008, but even though the deal fell through, the Taiwanese billiard association allegedly barred him from competing as punishment for considering leaving Taiwan.

China has also been wooing the island’s top talents in other fields such as basketball, baseball and golf, as a recent improvement in ties between the two sides has made it easier for athletes to move to the mainland.

The most alarming development for local fans is perhaps in baseball, where Taiwanese coaches have been credited with playing an important part in China’s rise in the sport.

AFP

Lorenzana tests negative for Covid-19 but all major service commanders on quarantine

DEFENSE Secretary Delfin Lorenzana tested negative for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) while all major service commanders of the military are under home quarantine. Lorenzana announced...

PH Covid-19 cases rise to 2,311, death toll at 96

THE Department of Health (DoH) on Wednesday reported that there were 227 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), bringing the total to...

Mass testing, empty ICUs: Germany scores early against virus

BERLIN: Late last year — long before most people had heard of the new coronavirus now sweeping the globe — scientists in Germany sprang...

Hospitals overflowing with bodies in US epicenter of virus

NEW YORK: It has become a grim ritual outside New York City’s hospitals: workers in protective gear loading the bodies of coronavirus victims into...

Should you wear mask in public if not sick with coronavirus?

WASHINGTON, D.C.: If you’re not sick with the new coronavirus, should you wear a mask in public? Global health authorities say no. Amid a...

Today's Front Page