Taipei, Sept. 18 (CNA) The disputes over the Diaoyutai Islands could be harmful to Tokyo's bid to host the Summer Olympics in 2020, Wu Ching-kuo, Taiwan's only International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, said Tuesday.
The territorial disputes, aggravated by Japan's recent purchase of three of the islands from private owners, are against the message of peace for which the Olympic Games stand, he said.
Wu, 66, was elected in May as a new member of the 15-member IOC Executive Board, the decision-making body of the Olympic movement.
He made the remarks after a meeting with Yilan Magistrate Lin Tsung-hsien to give advice on the county's preparations for the National High School Athletic Games and the National Intercollegiate Athletic Games next year.
Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul are competing for the right to host the 2020 Games and Wu said the IOC will begin a series of assessments in March next year, with a final decision expected by September 2013 at the earliest, he said.
Wu, who is also president of the International Boxing Association, is the first Taiwanese to be elected to the executive board of the IOC. He has been an IOC member since 1988.
(By Worthy Shen and Jamie Wang)