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Late Taiwanese softball coach to be inducted into Hall of Fame

2012/05/13 21:09:20

Taipei, May 13 (CNA) Taiwanese softball coach Tseng Hong-cheng will be posthumously inducted into the International Softball Federation (ISF) Hall of Fame on May 14 for his contribution to the sport over the past four decades, a local softball official said Sunday.

The ISF voted Tseng, who died of a heart attack in May 2011, into the Hall of Fame at its annual congress last October, according to Chinese Taipei Amateur Softball Association Deputy Secretary-General Pi Chun-hui.

Tseng, born in 1940, did not hold a college degree in a sports-related field, but his passion for sports led him to establish a softball team after getting a teaching position at National Miaoli Senior Commercial Vocational School in 1971.

During his four decades of coaching, many players who later qualified to play in international competitions were developed in Miaoli County.

He also helped Taiwan's softball association select and train softball players in the decade before he died.

The association said Tseng is the sixth Taiwanese person to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the ISF, which is headquartered in Florida.

Tseng's family plans to receive the honor on his behalf at the induction ceremony, to be held in Taipei Monday.

With top ISF representatives in Taipei to attend the ceremony, Pi said the association will also make a pitch to host the 2016 Women's World Softball Championship.

(By Lee Yu-cheng and Nell Shen)