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UNIVERSIADE: Uganda team will attend games: MOFA

2017/08/17 16:58:24

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Taipei, Aug. 17 (CNA) Ugandan athletes will take part in the 2017 Taipei Universiade as scheduled, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Thursday.

After receiving their government's support, the Ugandan team will arrive in Taiwan before the Universiade opening ceremony on Saturday, MOFA spokeswoman Eleanor Wang (王珮玲) said at a news briefing in response to media reports earlier this week that the Ugandan government had ordered the team not to attend.

In a tweet three days earlier, Norman Katende, director of media communications at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017, indicated that the Ugandan team had been ordered not to attend because of their country's one-China policy.

Katende tweeted an image that he said was a photo of a directive from Uganda's foreign ministry to its education ministry, advising the national team not to attend the Universiade and citing the one-China policy.

However, Wang said she was pleased to hear that the Ugandan team will be attending the games.

More than 100 countries will be represented at the Universiade, which will be held Aug. 19-30.

(By Elaine Hou and Evelyn Kao)
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