Hosted by baseball and softball branch of Beijing College Sports Association, Tsinghua University and our school, the first college baseball game cross Taiwan Strait sponsored by Chinese Taipei Baseball Association successfully ended in our school on the evening of 17th, April 2016. The competition attracted more than 80 Taiwan college baseball players from National Taiwan University, National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan, National Taichung University of Science and Technology, National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sport, and more than 100 Beijing college students from Tsinghua University, North China University of Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing Sport University, Beijing Institute of Technology University etc. Hong Kong Youth Baseball Team consisting of Hong Kong college students was specially invited to participated in the game.
In the morning of April 16th, the opening ceremony was held in Tsinghua University, and vice president Xue Qikun of Tsinghua University, President Du Songpeng of the Beijing College Students Sports Association, the secretary general of Asian Baseball Federation and vice chairman of Chinese Taipei Baseball Association Lin Hua Wei, and the chairman of baseball and softball branch of Beijing College Sports Association and our vice president Wang Jianwen attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech separately. And the original director General Zhang Bangdong from the Foreign Affairs Office of the Defense Ministry announced the opening of cross-strait college baseball game. In that afternoon, the competitions of our school baseball team vs team of National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sport and our school baseball team vs Hong Kong Youth Baseball Team were played in our western ground track field. At the same time, 2016 College Baseball Development Summit Forum was held in conference room on the 15th floor of our Haoxue Building, and baseball and softball experts and scholars from the island of Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea and inland gathered in a hall together to discuss the development of college baseball.
The competition attracted great attention of all walks of life on both sides. Original SEF chairman Jiang Bingkun sent a message saying the cross-strait college baseball not only could improve the strength of youth baseball but also could enhance cognition and understanding of both sides, and he hoped the game could come to a successful conclusion. Vice chairman Lin Huawei of Chinese Taipei Baseball Association in an interview with reporters said that cross-strait college baseball game could promote mutual understanding and it was a very good opportunity for young people to get to know each other and interact with each other.
The competition had been highly concerned about by mainstream news media which had high media specifications, strong professional, wide coverage and high visibility of the audiences. A total of 23 media came to interview, including 13 central media, 5 Taiwan media, 5 local and professional media, and CCTV news channel, the sports channel, international channels and the English Channel had three-dimensional and multi-angle coverages. By 18 o¡¯clock of 17th, April, the amount of network traffic broke through 200 thousand times.
The first college baseball game cross Taiwan Strait has been included in the key planning and exchange program in Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council in 2016. This year was the first session, and it would be held every year.
The baseball game was the first an important cross-strait event hosted by our school. In order to do a good job in undertaking the work, our school did a lot of large and complicated work from prophase preparation, organization, plan making to implementation to ensure all steps of the tournament could have an orderly and efficient completion. What¡¯s more, our beautiful campus gave participating athletes and guests a deep impression.
By School of Sciences