• By Shih Hsiao-kuang and Jake Chung / Personal Reporter, with a personal editor

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) pays too little attention to the traditional sports of Taiwan’s indigenous communities, despite its pledge to promote indigenous welfare, a senior official from a Nationalist Party-affiliated think tank said yesterday. Chinese (KMT).

Apollo Chen (陳學聖), head of the education, literature and sports division of the National Policy Foundation, said that indigenous athletes participating in national sports competitions received NT$6,285 per person last year, well below the average remuneration per participating athlete of NT$8,032.

The amount the indigenous athletes received was also less than the funds given to participants in national sports competitions for college and university students by NT$10,477 and NT$7,709 respectively, Chen said.

The Sports Administration’s budget for Indigenous sports and sports education in Indigenous communities was only 1-2% of its total funding, he said.

The Council of Indigenous Peoples spent less than 1 percent of its budget to organize and promote cultural and sports events, as well as annual ceremonies, Chen added.

The DPP is not giving these events the attention it promised when it came to power, Chen said.

Monetary rewards for winners of the nation’s largest indigenous archery sporting event have not been increased this year, even though it has moved from a township-level event to a county-level event , did he declare.

Members of indigenous communities are increasingly moving to cities, where infrastructure for traditional sports is lacking, he said.

Chen said the six special municipalities should establish indigenous sports centers that would include training facilities and equipment for traditional archery, dancing, wrestling, wood sawing, javelin throwing and javelin throwing. tug of war.

This would allow indigenous people living in cities to practice their sports and promote cultural interactions among Taiwanese from diverse backgrounds, Chen said.

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. The final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.