The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Sports Administration (體委署) yesterday announced that it is actively seeking to award cash payments and official accolades to members of the Chinese Taipei baseball team, citing their recent stellar performance.

Though being eliminated by the Cuban team last week, the Chinese Taipei’s progress into the elite eight phase in this year’s World Baseball Classic tournament represents an unprecedented first for the team. Based on this merit, the Sports Administration indicated that they will adjust regulations governing the awarding of cash payments and accolades to commemorate the team’s performance this year.

The World Baseball Classic is currently not included in the list of international competitions that is eligible for state-funded awards, said the Sports Administration. However, we are committed in exacting the greatest leniency in allowing for the awarding of cash payments and accolades for this momentous occasion, said the Sports Administration on the stellar performance of the Chinese Taipei Team.

The valiant struggles of the Chinese Taipei team was seen by all, and represents a prime example of sportsmanship in the face of great adversity, said the Sports Administration, adding a fitting reward is currently being negotiated as befitting of their heroic exploits. As the number of high profile international athletic competitions increases, the Sports Administration pledged that new standards will be drawn, with stipulations varying tiers of awards depending on results and outcome, starting with the World Baseball Classic tournament.

Meanwhile, Taichung City Mayor Jason Hu yesterday pledged to initiate negotiations for the construction of a larger baseball stadium in Taichung, citing the multitude of wanting fans who could not acquire a ticket during the sold-out games of the World Classic Baseball tournament.

The 20,000 tickets were quickly sold out, to the dismay of many fans.

“The original plans for the Taichung Intercontinental Stadium had only 15,000 seats, I had to personally intervene to increase the capacity to 20,000 seats,” said Hu, adding that “We were caught up by our own success.”

Citing the example of Taichung’s Fulfillment Amphitheatre (圓滿戲院) with over 6,000 indoor seats and over 20,000 capacity in the surrounding exterior, Hu remarked that what seemed ample initially turned out to be inadequate in practice.

“I hope to build a new stadium with capacity of 30,000 seats,” said Hu.