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Referendum convener wants 'yes' vote on sports team name-change

2018/11/07 19:22:19

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Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) Former sports affairs counil head Yang Jong-her (楊忠和) said Wednesday that a petition calling for a national referendum on whether the national team should compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under the name "Taiwan" instead of "Chinese Taipei" shall go ahead as planned Nov. 24.

Yang, the referendum convener, said in a national referendum public forum Wednesday that the name Chinese Taipei fails to represent the country and should be changed to Taiwan.

In response to concern expressed by Lin Hong-dow (林鴻道), president of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC), who pointed out a day earlier that the proposal could cause Taiwan to lose its Olympic membership, Yang claimed that Taiwan will not be punished by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as a result of the referendum and that Taiwanese athletes will not be affected.

The former commissioner added that the term Chinese Taipei is confusing, since it reflects neither the territories nor the traditions of Taiwan, and he asked for the public to vote in favor of the referendum, saying that this will protect the dignity of Taiwanese athletes.

(By Lung Po-an and Chi Jo-yao)