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Taipei, March 20 (CNA) Asia’s largest bike show opened Wednesday in Taipei, attracting over 1,000 exhibitors who are expected to generate over US$300 million in business, organizers said.

The Taipei International Cycle Show has attracted 1,103 exhibitors from 36 countries, over a quarter of whom are foreign exhibitors, Wang Chih-kang, chairman of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), said at the opening ceremony of the show.

A total of 7,000 international buyers are estimated to attend the show that will run till March 23, he said.

“Taiwan has become the supply center of the world’s high-end bicycles,” he said, highlighting the country’s strength in the research, development and branding of bicycles.

The export value of Taiwanese bicycles reached US$1.8 billion in 2012, up 8.68 percent from a year earlier, while the total export value of bicycles and bicycle parts touched US$2.73 billion in 2012, an increase of 11.74 percent from the previous year, according to TAITRA, Taiwan’s main trade promotion body.

Taiwan also exported 94,200 bikes valued at US$45.29 million to China last year, a significant growth of 179 percent and 158 percent, respectively, from 2011, TAITRA said.

Wang attributed the growth to a reduction of tariff barriers in bicycle trade since the 2010 Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement between Taiwan and China took effect.

He said the Taipei bike show is currently Asia’s largest and among the top three in the world, and expressed hope that the show will become the world’s largest, after construction is completed on a new exhibition hall near the current venue at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall.

He added that the show is also expected to boost business in the tourism, transportation and communications sectors.


Anthony Lo, chairman of the Taiwan Bicycle Exporters’ Association, said Taiwan should continue its efforts to become a “cycling island” by continuing to research and develop high-quality bike products, improving its cycling environment and transforming its cities into low carbon cities.

Currently, over 25,000 people use the Youbike system — a bike rental system in Taipei — every day, Lo said, adding that the number of bikes under the program is expected to increase from around 1,500 to over 5,500 by July this year, benefiting over 10 million riders in the city each year.

Youbike was launched by the Taipei city government in 2009 and allows registered users to use their “Easy Card” prepaid transport cards to rent the bikes for free for the first half hour of rental, after which they are charged.

Vice President Wu Den-yih said the government is determined to support Taiwan’s bicycle industry and urged the Ministry of Economic Affairs to accelerate the construction of the new exhibition hall.

The four-day show will showcase a diverse range of bicycles, bicycle accessories, sportswear and other bicycle and sports-related products.

Forums will also be organized to discuss the latest breakthroughs in motors, batteries and emerging market trends and how to transform Taiwan into a “cycling island.”

An international expo showcasing sports textiles and accessories will also be held March 20-23 in Taipei, while an international sporting goods show and an international diving and water sports show will take place March 19-22.

At the opening ceremony, Wu also presented awards to the four gold award winners of the Taipei Cycle d&i awards, jointly organized by TAITRA and Taiwan Bicycle Exporters’ Association and executed by iF International Forum Design GmbH for the second time.

The gold award winners include an innovative full carbon wheel set, a cycle shoe insole, child’s bicycle seat and bicycle brake caliper.

The annual event, now in its 26th year, will take place at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall and Hall 1.

(By Christie Chen)

When learning to play tennis, only the basic equipment needs to be purchased. You can purchase a complete outfit made by any major manufacturer of sporting goods. These include Nike, Adidas, Prince, Wilson, Head, and there still many more out there selling good products. Players can move on to more expensive styles in racquets and clothes after their tennis training has been completed or when you start to play some of the local tennis leagues. The salesmen at a sports equipment outlet will be a good guide to make sure they have everything they need.

 

Tennis apparel is athletic wear, so function is key. You’ll be running much of the time when you play tennis, so choose shorts or warm up pants that won’t bunch up and limit your mobility. Running shorts might be a good choice if you aren’t buying tennis-specific apparel. Make sure your clothing is snug around your waist. If it’s too tight, you’ll have problems when you turn your core on serves and groundstrokes. If it’s too lose, it might start slipping when you run and jump.

Take time to go out and shop around for your outfit. If you do not have a lot of spare time or you hate to think about spending time at the mall on your day off, look on the internet. Online stores are great source for those who are looking for new tennis clothes.

Playing tennis is all about sudden starts and stops, as well as moving quickly from side to side. The trouble is that, during extreme stopping, cornering, and pivoting, if the sneaker’s outsole is too rigid, the tennis player loses contact with the playing surface, which results in a loss of footing. That is why you need proper pair of tennis shoes. Nike, Adidas, Sergio Tacchini or Lacoste are market best sellers these days.

What about tennis rackets? Choosing racket is most important thing in tennis world. When it comes to buying one you can consult your tennis coach or tennis racket expert for advice on the brand of racket that is most likely to fit specific requirements. Testing out different brands is the best way to find the right match. Popular brands are Babolat, Dunlop, Fischer, Avery, Gamma, Head, Prince, Volkl and Wilson. Length and racket weight are the most important when choosing.

Most tennis rackets weigh between 8.5 and 12.5 ounces. In general, lighter rackets are easier to swing. The standard tennis racket length is 27 inches. While the rules of tennis allow rackets to measure up to 32 inches, most tennis rackets measure from 27 to 28 inches. Because the grip is the tennis player’s link between the tennis racket and player body, grip comfort is of great importance. Grips typically range from 4 inches to 4 7/8 inches in circumference. Most adult tennis players use grips between 4 1/4 inches and 4 5/8 inches.

(From :http://making-baby-food.org/tennis-clothes-and-rackets-for-beginners/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tennis-clothes-and-rackets-for-beginners )

Gone are the days when all a basketball player needed to do was to lace up a pair of no-frills Chuck Taylor All Stars and run down the court to play the game. Basketball shoes have gone a long way since then. Ever since Earvin Magic Johnson and Larry Bird revived the National Basketball Association with their team-first style of play characterizing the intense rivalry of their Lakers and Celtic teams, the technology behind basketball shoes have grown by leaps and bounds.

Converse initially ruled the roost, with Magic, Bird and Sixers star Julius Erving endorsing the brand. Even Michael Jordan sported a Converse when he first rose to national prominence by leading his North Carolina Tar Heels to the NCAA championship in 1981.  Half a decade later, Jordan started endorsing the Nike brand. Suddenly, basketball shoes had air or gel underneath it to help lessen the impact of constant jumping and running, and design was further improved to help support a player’s ankle and soles.

All these improvements come at a price. Combined with the collectible factor of the shoes, some may fetch incredible amounts. Here are the top ten most expensive basketball shoes in the world.

1. Air Jordan I – $25,000

Air Jordan I

The Jordan I had two versions. The original had a red and black design that was banned by the NBA as the rules state that shoes must have some white on them. Jordan loved the Peter Moore-designed shoes, however, and insisted on using it during games. As a result, he got fined $5,000 each game he would play with the disallowed sneakers. Jordan and Nike eventually relented and replaced the design with a red, black and white combination. A black and metallic gold version was released in March 1985 in Asia. Only 12 pairs were created and these now cost $25,000.

2. Air Mag – $12,000

Air Mag

In 1989, the sequel of the smash hit Back to the Future was released. Michael J. Fox, the star of the movie, sported a pair of futuristic sneakers in the film. That pair is the Nike Air Mag. Nike eventually released it, though only 20 pairs were made. Michael J. Fox had previously appeared as a basketball player in the 1985 movie Teen Wolf, and he has been spotted watching the New York Knicks at the Madison Square Garden. Still, he is not a professional basketball player. Yet, the shoe that he made famous is the second most expensive pair of basketball shoes today.

3. Air Jordan V – $10,000

Air Jordan V

This featured a reflective tongue and clear rubber soles. It is also the first shoe that sported lace locks, thus allowing the user to easily strap the shoe. The mid sole has shark teeth shapes, which were probably copied from World War 2 fighter planes where Hatfiled drew inspiration. A version with the number 23 printed at the back in black and metallic silver was created in February 1990 specifically for Jordan and they now cost $10,000.  A retail version was later released without the number 23.

4. Air Jordan I – $8,000

Air Jordan I

A pair combining metallic white and metallic silver was released in March 1985. It had pearlized leather and only 1,200 were created.

5. Air Jordan VI – $7,200

Air Jordan VI

This is the last of the Air Jordans with the Nike Air logo. It featured reinforcement materials in the toe area, two holes in the tongue and molded heel to protect the Achilles tendon.  It came in five different color combinations, namely black/infrared, white/infrared, white/carmine black, white/sport blue and off white/maroon.  It was the shoe Jordan used when he and the Bulls won the championship against the Lakers. The white/carmine black version now fetches $7,200, as it was the color Jordan used during the 1992 Olympics that featured the original Dream Team.

6. Air Jordan III – $4,500

Air Jordan III

When the original designer of Jordan I, Peter Moore, was let go by Nike, Jordan almost went with them. He decided to stay however after seeing Air Jordan III, the first Air Jordan designed by Tinker Hatfield. It featured the now iconic Jumpman logo, an air unit at the heel and leather finish. Jordan went on to have a stellar year, winning a memorable Slam Dunk contest against Dominique Wilkins, grabbing the All Star Game MVP award the following day, and at the end of the year, bagging Defensive Player of the Year honor.

7. Adidas KB8 Selection – $3,000

Adidas KB8 Selection

It was named KB8, in honor of Kobe Bryant’s jersey number. The shoe was later renamed Crazy 8 after Bryant left Adidas in 2002. Bryant is also sporting a new number now, ditching his old number 8 for 24.  Only 2 pairs of the golden shoe were made and they were intended for the 1998 Slam Dunk contest. Waning interest in the contest forced its cancellation, however, and Bryant never got the chance to wear the shoe.

8. Air Jordan XI – $2,700

Air Jordan XI

Jordan first used this pair in 1995 when he made a comeback in the middle of the season after a brief fling with minor league baseball. Though he had several memorable games that season, particularly the buzzer beater against the Atlanta Hawks in just his fourth game back, and the 55-point game against archrival New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden, the Bulls fell short that year after losing to the Orlando Magic in the playoff. With the condura nylon top and carbon fiber plates allowing a lighter weight and better torque, Jordan used it again the following season. In his first full season back, the Bulls regained the title. He then used the shoes in his movie Space Jam with the number 45, his number in the season when he came out of retirement, printed at the back.

9. Air Force I Chamber of Fears – $2,500

Air Force I Chamber of Fears

The original Air Force I was created in 1982 and have been tagged as the most influential sneakers of all time. In 2005, a black, red and gold version was released, with half going to Asia and the rest remaining in the US. It is only available in auctions or as giveaway items.

10. Air Force I Four Horsemen – $2,500

Air Force I Four Horsemen

Nike designed this shoe especially for LeBron James during the 2004 ESPY Awards. Less than 12 pairs were made.

(From: The Richest)

taispo 2013

taispo 2013

Taichung, released by TAITRA on November 7th— The 2013 Taipei International Sporting Goods Show (TaiSPO) will take place concurrently with the 26th TAIPEI CYCLE in celebration of its 40th anniversary, TAITRA, the show’s organizer, said. A 5-day extravaganza will begin as the 40th TaiSPO opens on next March 19th, one day earlier than 2013 TAIPEI CYCLE, and will be held in conjunction with Taiwan Int’l Diving & Water Sports Show (DiWaS) and Taipei Int’l Sports Textile & Accessory Expo. The scale is estimated to feature a record-breaking 5,000 booths, attracting more than 8,000 domestic and international buyers.

TaiSPO represents a consistent effort to turn Taiwan into Asia’s hub for sporting goods industry. While the competition of sporting goods industry is getting intense, Peter Lo, chairman of Johnson Health Tech Co. and convener of the Division of Fitness Equipment and Accessories under the Taiwan Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (TSMA), founded the S-Team. Offering joint consultancy by TSMA, the Footwear & Recreation Technology Research Institute and the Corporate Synergy Development Center, the S-Team will hopefully establish a cooperative network made up of central, satellite and supporting factories, so Taiwanese fitness equipment makers can adopt a business model that is based on brand-specific sales channels in addition to research, development, and innovation (RDI) programs. The S-Team, founded in May 2011, has successfully introduced a national standard of fitness equipment this October and plans to set up a dedicated pavilion at TaiSPO 2013, as it did this year. It will showcase exciting results of a year’s efforts, as well as refreshing contributions to the industry.

While TaiSPO is an indicator of trends in the sporting goods industry, the TaiSPO Awards of Excellence gives a sneak peek at the latest and most innovative products in the sporting goods industry. According to the list of preliminary winners published online, 14 products are nominated in the TaiSPO Awards of Excellence 2013.

After 40 years of progress, TaiSPO stands as the second largest sporting goods show in Asia, a world-class trade event which has been also in good connection with the WFSGI to hold Manufactures Forum for consecutive 4 years. In appreciation of the support over the years, Taitra, the TaiSPO organizer, launches a special event, called “TaiSPO 40th Anniversary Lucky Draw”. Buyers, who have completed online pre-registration at http://www.taispo.com.tw by March 1st, 2013, will be auto-entered in the Lucky Draw.

The TaiSPO 2013 will run from March 19th-22nd at Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) Exhibition Halls 1 and 3,Taipei, Taiwan, including fitness equipment, sportswear and accessories, outdoor sporting goods, sports balls, protective gear, massage equipment, and more. In 2013, the Taiwan International Diving and Water Sports Show (DiWaS) will also offer an integrated display of swimming, diving, and water sports supplies as a part of TaiSPO for the second consecutive year. The 5-day celebration is definitely a must-see as it includes the TAIPEI CYCLE and SpoMODE, scheduled for March 20th-23rd, 2013, at TWTC Exhibition Hall 1and the Nangang Exhibition Hall.

 

ISPO

ISPO

About ISPO

Thanks to its many events and services ISPO is considered the leading international sports business network. Every year, more than 2,000 international exhibitors present their latest products from the segments of Outdoor, Ski, Action und Performance Sports at ISPO MUNICH to over 80,000 visitors from more than 100 countries.

For over 40 years the global leader has provided a comprehensive overview of the entire range of sporting goods, athletic footwear and fashions, as well as the latest trends from these segments. Year for year the custom-tailored trade show concept with special communities and authentic side events guarantees a very unique, personalized and communication-rich atmosphere. As the only multi-segment trade show the event also offers its participants an opportunity to discover discipline-overlapping synergy and cross-selling potential, as well as recognize new segments and trends in advance. Thanks to close cooperation with the industry ISPO can identify market requirements and offers international sports business professionals the best possible presentation and networking platform at ISPO MUNICH.

In order to sustain its internationally leading position throughout the future the organizers continuously work on further improving ISPO MUNICH. Among the tasks is the endorsement of the new generation, as well as drawing the media’s and the public’s attention to industry-related topics. To reach this goal, ISPO will focus even more strongly on networking and partnerships.

ISPO

ISPO

Opening Hours and Location

ISPO MUNICH: February 3 to 6, 2013

Opening Hours Exhibitors Visitors
Sunday, February 3, 2013 7:30 am – 6 pm 9 am – 6 pm
Monday, February 4, 2013 7:30 am – 6 pm 9 am – 6 pm
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 7:30 am – 6 pm 9 am – 6 pm
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 7:30 am – 5 pm 9 am – 5 pm

 

Location  
By car, taxi Messe München Trade Fair Centre, Germany
By U-Bahn line U2 (Subway) Messestadt West, Messestadt Ost

More information: http://www.ispo.com/munich/en/All-Sports/Home


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