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Taiwan Basketball Team First to Join Domestic League in China (09/16/01)



The Chinese first-division basketball league, Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), accepted a newcomer from Taiwan Province to compete in the new season, the Chinese Basketball Management Center (CBMC) announced on September 16.
The Taiwan (Suzhou) Sina Lion Club, which is supported by China’s biggest web site sina.com, will be the 13th team in the nation’s top-level league, CBMC’s Vice President Wang Du said on a press release.
It is the first time that a professional sport team from Taiwan Province to join in China’s domestic league.
The Sina Lion will play its first game against Beijing Ducks, led by one of the Walking Great Wall center trio, Menk Batere, at home in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, on December 8.
CBMC allows 17 players to be registered in the team with most of them to be recruited from Taiwan Province.

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