Taiwan's Olympic committee calls for `voter rationality' in referendum

11/19/2018 06:42 PM
Shen Yi-ting (沈依婷)
Shen Yi-ting (沈依婷)

Taipei, Nov. 19 (CNA) The Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) on Monday called on voters not to be "influenced by emotion or prejudice" when they cast their votes in the Nov. 24 referendums.

Ten referendums will be held alongside local government elections that day, including one that asks voters whether they agree that Taiwan should apply to participate in all international sporting events using the name "Taiwan" rather than "Chinese Taipei."

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made it clear repeatedly that the name "Chinese Taipei" cannot be changed because it was determined in the 1981 Lausanne agreement.

In a third letter sent to the CTOC Nov. 16, the IOC again reiterated its position on the matter, indicating that any external interference could be considered a violation of the Olympic Charter and result in Taiwan losing its Olympic membership.

Shen Yi-ting (沈依婷), secretary-general of the CTOC, expressed concern about the future of Taiwan's participation in international games and hope that the rights of its athletes will not be deprived.

According to Shen, CTOC President Lin Hong-dow (林鴻道) will convene a meeting with the committee's members on Sunday, the day after the name change poll, to discuss the referendum results.

(By Lung Po-an and Ko Lin)

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