President Tsai Ing-wen said Monday at a meeting with Taiwan's delegation to the Rio Olympics that the government plans to reform the country's sports policy by amending the National Sports Act and coming up new regulations.
Outlining the reform plan, Tsai said the government will first promote organizational openness and transparency in all sports associations to allow more people to participate in their operations.
Second, it will push for greater professionalism in the sports sector by establishing a mechanism to select coaches and athletes based on the principles of openness, transparency and professionalism, Tsai said.
The president also said she hopes an independent arbitration task force will be formed to ensure the rights of athletes.
Third, the government plans to establish an open, transparent financial management system and a mechanism governing contracts between sponsors and athletes to ensure athletes' rights.
Fourth, a set of objective standards for the evaluation of athletes' performances, awards and subsidies will be set up, according to Tsai.
Tsai said she has directed the Sports Administration and the Ministry of the Interior to amend relevant regulations to require sports associations with poor performances to improve their operations.
She also praised the Taiwanese athletes for their performance at the recently concluded Rio Olympics, while encouraging them to start preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Also on Monday at a luncheon for Taiwan's delegation to the Rio Olympics, Premier Lin Chuan (??) also brought up the four key points in the reform plan.
Lin said the government intends to nurture more elite athletes by giving them the help and support needed as well as the necessary training.
Taiwanese athletes won one gold medal and two bronze medals at the Rio Olympics.
Source: Focus Taiwan