In April, all types of sports have been canceled around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic. But not in Taiwan.
Taiwan has been relatively successful at controlling the virus, with 477 cases to date and merely six deaths by August 7,2020. Thanks to early prevention and detection efforts, the island has never gone into total lockdown. The government has promoted social distancing and face masks until now. (Read more: Why can’t Coronavirus survive in Taiwan?)
Taiwan’s baseball league called CPBL (Chinese Professional Baseball League), opened the season on April 11,2020, becoming the first league to play regular-season. Other baseball leagues around the world have been postponed to May or later. Even Taiwan has shown success in containing the spread of the disease, no more than 500 people -including players, coaches, umpires, media, league officials and stadium staff were allowed into the venues. Therefore, the matches were being played to empty stadiums, with audience members replaced by cardboard cut-outs with faces of actual fans in the seats.
Sports are popular in Taiwan. Some of the most common sports include basketball, baseball, football, badminton and softball. Martial arts such as t’ai chi ch’uan and taekwondo are also practiced by many people. Baseball is one of the country’s most popular spectator sport. It is commonly considered the national sport in Taiwan.
After pandemic, you probably want to have a Taiwan tour! You can hire a Taipei tour guide and private vehicle from Justaiwantour for your 8H planless tour. Or you just here for layover, don’t worry! We have a baseball field in Taoyuang (which city airport TPE sits in), you can choose from 4H, 6H and 8H layover tour to enjoy a baseball game!
Due to political reasons and pressures from the People’s Republic of China, the organizations or national teams from Taiwan have been competing as Chinese Taipei in international sporting events, such as the Olympic Games.
Taiwan Most Popular Sports
|Rank||Sports||League||Famous Athlete (International)|
|1||Baseball||CPBL||Chien-Ming Wang, Wei-Yin Chen, Lin Tzu-Wei (MLB)|
|2||Basketball||SBL, P.League+||Jeremy Lin (NBA)|
|3||Badminton||Tzu-ying Tai, Cheng Shao-chieh|
|5||Tennis||Hsieh Su-wei, Chia-jung, Chan Yung-jan|
|6||Table Tennis||Chuang Chih-Yuan|
2020 Sports Calendar (Schedules impacted by the coronavirus) by ESPN
The following is a list of global sports leagues and events that have been impacted by the coronavirus crisis and the estimated start or resumed dates from the respective leagues. This list and the dates are subject to change.
|NBA||July 31 | Rescheduled|
|WNBA||July 25 | Rescheduled|
|Euroleague and Euro Cup||2020 season | Canceled|
|Chinese basketball association||June 20 | Rescheduled|
|NFL||Sept. 10 | No change|
|NCAAF||Aug. 29 | No change|
|CFL||September | Rescheduled|
|XFL||2020 season | Canceled|
|MLB||July 23 | Rescheduled|
|NHL||Aug. 1 | Rescheduled|
|MLS||July 8 | Rescheduled|
|EPL||June 17 | Rescheduled|
|Champions League||2020 season | Postponed|
|La Liga||June 11 | Rescheduled|
|Bundesliga||2020 season | No change|
|Serie A||June 20 | Rescheduled|
|Euro 2020||Moved to 2021 | Postponed|
|Copa America||Moved to 2021 | Postponed|
|NWSL||June 27 | Rescheduled|
|A-League (Australia)||July 17 | Rescheduled|
|MMA||UFC 252, Aug. 15 | No change|
|Boxing||Fury-Wilder, early October | No change|
|ATP/WTA||Aug. 22 | Rescheduled|
|US Open||Aug. 31-Sept. 13 | No change|
|French Open||Sept. 27-Oct. 11 | Rescheduled|
|Wimbledon||2020 matches | Canceled|
|LPGA||July 31 | Rescheduled|
|PGA||PGA Championship, Aug. 6-9 | Rescheduled|
|PGA||FedEx Cup, Aug. 13-Sept. 7 | Rescheduled|
|PGA||U.S. Open, Sept. 17-20 | Rescheduled|
|Ryder Cup||Sept. 25-27 | Rescheduled|
|The Masters||Nov. 12-15 | Rescheduled|
|European Tour||2020 match | Postponed|
|Open Championship||2020 match | Postponed|