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Taiwan Olympic committee relieved at IOC response

2018/11/29 17:33:44

From Left to Right: Shen Yi-ting, Wu Ching-kuo and Jerome Poivey. Photo courtesy of CTOC

Taipei, Nov. 29 (CNA) The Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) was relieved to learn on Thursday that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will not discuss Taiwan's eligibility at its upcoming board meeting in Japan.

Shen Yi-ting (沈依婷), secretary-general of the CTOC, told CNA over the telephone that the IOC's head of institutional relations Jerome Poivey personally told her that the "Taiwan" question will not be raised during committee discussions.

As a result, the country's right to participate at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will not be jeopardized, said Shen, who is in Tokyo with Wu Ching-kuo (吳經國), an executive board member of the IOC, for the Olympic committee's executive board meeting from Friday through Saturday.

IOC President Thomas Bach also confirmed with Wu that the Olympic committee is delighted with the results of Taiwan's name change referendum held last Saturday, and said he welcomes Taiwan to take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under the name "Chinese Taipei."

On Thursday, the IOC also issued an official statement saying Taiwan's right to participate will not be raised during the meeting.

"We can finally breathe a sigh of relief," Shen said.

On Saturday, Taiwanese voted in 10 referendums alongside local government elections, including one that asked whether voters agreed Taiwan should participate in all international sporting events and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, under the name 'Taiwan.'

The question was defeated by a 55-45 percent margin among valid votes cast, with 5.77 million voters opposing the proposal and 4.76 million in favor.

(By Lung Po-an and Ko Lin)
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