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Current Policies & Vision for the Future

Source:Sports Administration, Ministry of Education

 Over the years, the SA has devoted itself to integrating sports resources, promoting sports for all, cultivating outstanding athletes, creating a well-equipped sports environment, and expanding exchanges with the international community. Emphasis is now placed in the following items:

1.     Preparing for the National Sports Museum
To preserve and pass on the nation’s sports heritage, the SA will establish a preparatory committee charged with setting up a national sports museum. This museum will perform the following functions and duties:
(1)       Investigation: Undertaking rigorous scrutiny of various aspects of sports development in Taiwan and determining what resources deserve to be collected and studied.
(2)       Gathering: Collecting historical data, pictures and other artifacts relevant to sports development in Taiwan those are worthy of preservation.
(3)       Preservation: Providing a venue for preserving the collected sports artifacts where restoration can also be performed when necessary.
(4)       Display: Holding exhibitions so that citizens can better appreciate Taiwan’s spots artifacts.
(5)       Education: Imbuing the people of Taiwan with sports knowledge and nurture their interest in participating in and watching athletic activities.
(6)       Research: Conducting in-depth research of artifacts displayed at the museum; marking its resources available to sports historians.
2.     Establishing a Sports Development Fund
(1)       Establishing a Sports Development Fund
        The Sports Development Fund is established to help promote sports; uncover and cultivate athletic talent; and oversee the issuance and management of the Taiwan Sports Lottery and put its proceeds to optimal use. The Sports Development Fund is to be used in the following areas:
◎ Cultivating and training athletes.
◎ Assisting in the undertaking of R&D and talent cultivation programs conducive to creating jobs for athletes and promoting development of sports-related industries.
◎ Undertaking management and other miscellaneous duties.
◎ Conducting other programs related to purposes laid down in the Statute for Issuance of Sports Lottery.
(2)       Drafting Regulations Concerning Incentives for Sports-Related Industries
Over the years, the SA has conducted a number of research projects and held seminars and public hearings on how to encourage businesses to invest in or offer subsidies to sports ventures. The SA has also begun drafting the “Statute Governing incentives to stimulate the Development of Sports-Related Industries,” which will help make sports a driving force of economic development.
3.     Promoting Taiwan as a Sports Island
(1)       Promoting Taiwan as a Sports Island
With “Enjoy Sports, Lead a Healthy Life” as its guiding principle, the SA has committed itself to developing sports for all, and has embarked on a four-year (2010-2013) campaign to promote Taiwan as a sports island. The SA aims to attain the ultimate goal of nurturing a nationwide love of sports and creating an environment where one can engage in sports anywhere, anytime.
Every year over the course of this campaign, the SASC plans to award medals to 50,000 persons in recognition of their participation in national physical fitness tests; issue 80,000 sports IC cards; offer 2,000 recreational events and 500 other sessions on specific interests such as swimming and weight reduction; and recruit 2,500 spots volunteers. The campaign’s four-year period is also expected to see an annual 1% increase in people’s receipt of sports-related information nationwide; an increase of 2,500 sports clubs; and rises of at least 0.5% in the numbers of people who get involved in sports and exercise regularly.
(2)       Drafting a Sports Map of Taiwan
In an effort to develop a sports island, the SA will join forces with local governments in drafting a sports map of Taiwan, and an implementation plan was laid down in 2009. The map will list all sorts of sports information in Taiwan’s counties and cities, including the times and locations of events, traffic conditions, organizers of a given event, etc. There will also be information on resources available at various sports facilities and their opening hours.
(3)       Promoting the “Coming-of-Age Ceremony on a Bike”
The SA’s promotion of the “coming-of-Age Ceremony on a Bike” has been inspired by President Ma Ying-jeou’s 600 km bike adventure accomplished in September 2007. Youngsters are encouraged to learn more about their homeland by taking a bicycle tour. Not only leaving behind a beautiful memory, such a feat can also put their will and perseverance to test. The ceremony is divided into three parts. Those who have turned 16 are invited to complete a 100 km ride in the community where they have grown up. After 18, the goal is to try riding across counties and cities for a total of 500 km. Signifying their adulthood attainment-turning 20-will be a 1,000 km island-wide tour. Boys and girls are thus encouraged to learn the true meaning of “gratefulness, responsibility and sharing” before they are officially initiated into the adult world.
4.     Enhancing Citizens’ Swimming Competence
Swimming competence is a key measure of any country attaining advanced status. In conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of the Interior (National Police Administration and National Fire Agency), and Coast Guard Administration, the SA has drafted a medium-to-long term program for implementation in coming years. This policy initiative is meant to strengthen swimming facilities across urban and rural communities so that persons can have a well-equipped environment for learning to swim. Students, soldiers and policemen will set an example for the whole population. Meanwhile, the nation’s swimming competence evaluation system and pool-security mechanisms will be strengthened. By promoting swimming as a sport for all, the SA expects too see local citizens enhance their physical fitness while enjoying swimming for its own sake.
5.     Installing Public Sports Centers
        To help people get into the habit of exercising regularly, the SA plans to set up a total of 50 public sports centers. Private companies will be invited to bid for the opportunity to get involved in constructing, operating and managing such facilities, which will serve as well-equipped exercise venues for citizens.
6.     Constructing a Comprehensive Bike Path Network
The citizens of Taiwan increasingly look forward to the comprehensive and safe bike path network that many Europeans have long taken for granted. Building on what is already in place, the SA is set to implement a multiyear program for building a national network of cycle lanes. Other than taking into account the specific requirements of each region and offshore islands, the network will connect all the “green corridors” to be found throughout the country. The goal is to formulate a larger coastal round-the-island network and a smaller island network also spanning the entire island. By 2012, the SA expects to complete an additional 1,500 km of cycle lanes, which will constitute 17 county-level regional networks.
7.     Upgrading Competitive Athletics Skills
(1)       Mid- to Long-Term Athlete training Program
The SA has established the “Mid- to Long- Term Athlete Training Program,” under which associations in major sports will establish their own training mechanisms. Alongside the development of basic sports competence, special emphasis will be placed on competitive items where Asians have a better chance of outperforming others. In particular, long-term training is to be provided to teenage athletes who have shown promise. With the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou as a midway point, the “Mid- to Long-Term Athlete Training Program” seeks to enable domestic athletes to win gold medals at the 2012 Olympics in London and 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
(2)       Research on Further Enhancing Sports Science Program
To assist in training of athletes and coaches who will attend Olympic or Asian Games, the SA has formed panels of specialists from the fields of sports psychology, physiology, mechanics, medicine, training, etc. to provide counseling services and other assistance. The “Enhancement of Sports Science Research Project” will be implemented in 2010 with a view to providing coaches and athletes with even more training assistance.
8.     Reinvigorating Baseball
Heeding President Ma’s promulgation of 2010 being Taiwan’s “First Year for Reinvigorating Baseball,” the SA has devised a four-year program under which government agencies and the private sector are to work together toward helping the sport take root in Taiwan. Emphasis will be placed on nurturing a benign environment for baseball terms across the community, facilitating the development of professional baseball and revamping the mechanism for training national teams.
9.     Renovating the National Sports Training Center
(1)       Renovating the National Sports Training Center
Established in 1976, the National Sports training Center is designed to provide athletes and coaches with a well-equipped environment for their training so that they can better compete in the world arena. The “National Sports Training Center Renovation Program” got under way in 2009, and will provide such additions as a ball games building, a martial arts stadium, a sports science building, a dormitory and leisure center, an indoor archery facility, indoor tennis courts, running tracks, a pole vault area, a throwing area, practice areas for baseball and softball pitching and batting, and practice fields for a variety of outdoor sports. The program’s purpose is to create a world-class training center.
(2)       Building a National Shooting Practice Range
To centralize the training of local shooters and enhance their ability to compete internationally, the SA will renovate the Kungshi Shooting Range between 2009 and 2012, transforming it into a national shooting training center. In addition to a 10-25m indoor shooting range, a 50m half-indoor shooting range and an outdoor trap shooting area, it will be a world-standard training facility complete with such amenities as a service area, a restaurant and a dormitory.
10.    Striving to Host Major International Sport Events
To further promote international exchanges, the SA will continue to pursue opportunities for hosting regional sports events such as the East Asian games, World University Games and other emerging games in this part of the world. This will also help enhance Taiwan’s international competitiveness in sports. The SA will also continue to assist domestic sports groups in hosting international events which will enable them to fulfill their duties as members of various international organizations and also to help enhance Taiwan’s athletic capacity as a whole.