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Attending 2020 Olympics as Team Taiwan very unlikely: IOC official

2018/05/18 22:15:39

Taipei, May 18 (CNA) The chances that Taiwan will be allowed to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under its own name instead of "Chinese Taipei" are very low, Wu Ching-kuo (吳經國), an executive board member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said on Friday.

While hosting a gathering of Olympic and sports officials in Taipei, Wu addressed a recent movement that is calling for Taiwan to be allowed to compete under the name "Taiwan" at the 2020 Games.

Wu, who has been Taiwan's representative in the IOC since 1988, said the original decision to allow Taiwan to compete in the Olympics as "Chinese Taipei" was the result of a consensus forged among many parties, so it would be unlikely that this could be changed.

What is most important, Wu argued, is that Taiwan gets to attend the international games, something that should be the primary consideration when thinking about the proposal to have a referendum to vote on the name issue.

As long as Taiwan's athletes do well, people will know they are from Taiwan and will naturally acknowledge the country, he said.

(By Lee Chin-wei and Kuan-lin Liu)