Sport Archive

  • The Ugly Side of Taiwan’s Olympics

    The Ugly Side of Taiwan’s Olympics

    This is the original of my op-ed piece from today’s Taipei Times. I’ve also added stuff that I would have included but, based on experience, guessed wouldn’t make the cut for style and length reasons: Taiwan was overjoyed by weightlifter Hsu Shu-ching’s (許淑淨) gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last Monday. […]

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  • Floyd Mayweather doesn’t frustrate me; boxing’s relentless greed does

    Floyd Mayweather doesn’t frustrate me; boxing’s relentless greed does

    When the decision was announced, the silence from the overwhelmingly Filipino crowd at the Farm House bar in Taipei’s “Combat Zone” said it all. There was some half-hearted, almost apologetic booing and, in a few cases, some wilful delusion. “It’s bullshit,” said a Pinoy named Dave, shaking his head. “He just ran away all the […]

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  • From warzones to wailao (外勞): Taiwan’s qualifiers for World Cup 2018

    From warzones to wailao (外勞): Taiwan’s qualifiers for World Cup 2018

    While there’s next to no chance of Taiwan emerging from the second round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, they could have done a fair bit worse in terms of the teams they drew in Group F. True, with a world ranking of joint-179th (out of 209 nations) with Cambodia, they are […]

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  • Salt, Stodge and Sarapatel: Getting Stuffed in Salvador de Bahia

    Salt, Stodge and Sarapatel: Getting Stuffed in Salvador de Bahia

    Never one to miss a trick, my son Herbie was immensely tickled at the name of the first airline we used in Latin American: LAN. “Felix would love it,” he said of his little brother who, much to my regret, I could not afford to bring along on this six-week trip. Herbie was referring to […]

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  • Cariocans regain their swagger

    Cariocans regain their swagger

    Taipei Times ran a short feature I wrote on the atmosphere in Rio for Brazil’s World Cup quarterfinal with Colombia ahead of the semifinal clash with Germany on Wednesday. They made a complete balls up of the intro. so it now basically makes no sense. They also changed all kinds of things for no apparent […]

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  • Barra Beach Beats

    Barra Beach Beats

    This is our fourth and final Day in Salvador da Bahia, the old capital of Brazil. I’m glad we made the choice to stay in the historic centre of Pelourinho. For all its seediness and decrepitude, it gives the traveller a taste a the real Brazil. It’s touristy but edgy, broken but charming, dirty and […]

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  • At the Tomb of the Wild Bull

    At the Tomb of the Wild Bull

    Boxers don’t know they’re born these days. When I was a lad, they got knocked out before breakfast and still fought another 90 rounds with a broken jaw and one arm tied behind their back. Take Luis Angel Firpo, for example. Nicknamed the “Wild Bull of the Pampas,” this Argentine heavyweight was knocked down nine […]

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  • An Exercise in Anticommunism

    An Exercise in Anticommunism

    Struggling with my on-off perennial battle to shed some flab, I was in the changing rooms of Songshan Sports Center (松山運動中心) the other morning, about to shower after a feeble effort on the track, when I heard an old man crooning away. Old men and crooning are pretty standard fare at such establishments in the […]

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  • All the Singles Ladies …

    All the Singles Ladies …

        No Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) at this year’s Taipei WTA Ladies Open. Taiwan’s No.1 and the world No.25 is featured on the cover of the tournament brochure, which was presumably put together before Hsieh confirmed her place in the season-ending WTA Tournament of Champions in Sofia. The tourney is for the six highest-ranked tour winners […]

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  • Flag fiasco shameful but respect begins at home

    Flag fiasco shameful but respect begins at home

    Let’s leave aside the issues I have with the “Taiwanese” flag in the first place and start by saying this: I think the removal of the flag from Regent Street yesterday was a poor show. I’m well aware of the rules of the game(s). I’ve had to endure my copy being changed to fit the International […]

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