American basketball player applies for citizenship renunciation

2013/06/26 20:52:40

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Taipei, June 26 (CNA) An American who has played in Taiwan's Super Basketball League for two years took steps to renounce his U.S. citizenship Wednesday in a bid to play for Taiwan in the FIBA Asia Championship.

The 29-year-old Quincy Davis obtained renunciation application forms from the Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and booked an appointment to formally renounce his citizenship, said Lee Yi-chung, secretary-general of the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA).

The renunciation process normally takes 7-10 working days, Lee said, adding that because the CTBA is required to submit a 12-man roster for the upcoming tournament before July 12, it remains to be seen whether Davis, who plays for the Pure-Youth Construction Basketball Team, will be able to complete the process and become a naturalized Taiwanese citizen before that date.

The Los Angeles native and Tulane University graduate has been awarded Most Valuable Player status and named the best foreign player during his two-year career in Taiwan.

According to local media reports, the CTBA has offered Davis a two-year contract with a monthly salary of US$20,000 if he becomes a naturalized member of the Chinese Taipei team and competes in international events for Taiwan.

(By Li Ching-wei and Maia Huang)
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