IOC clarifies basis for use of ‘Chinese Taipei’ at Olympics

Brussels, July 30 (CNA) The International Olympic Committee (IOC), contacted by a CNA reporter, confirmed Monday that a 1981 agreement on the name, emblem and flag to be used by Taiwan at the Olympic games remains in place.

The IOC's clarification came in the wake of a campaign in Taiwan to hold a referendum on the issue in an effort to participate at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics under the name "Taiwan," rather than the currently agreed "Chinese Taipei."

The issue became front page news on July 24 when the East Asian Olympic Committees (EAOC) voted to cancel the right of Taichung City, central Taiwan, to hold the first Asian Youth Games, scheduled to be held in August 2019.

The vote was called by EAOC President Liu Peng (??) of China, at an extraordinary meeting of EAOC standing members in Beijing and cited concerns over the proposed referendum to use the name "Taiwan" at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and other international sports events.

Asked about the EAOC's decision via e-mail on July 24, the IOC indicated that the EAOC is in charge of the matter.

Asked on Monday whether the IOC decided earlier this year that the name "Chinese Taipei" cannot be changed, the committee replied via e-mail that the name, emblem, flag and anthem of Taiwan's team at the Olympics was agreed many years ago, citing the Nagoya Resolution and an agreement between the IOC and the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1981.

It further said that "the IOC Executive Board has recently confirmed that the agreement remains unchanged and fully applicable."

"The Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee fully supports this approach and has not requested any change," the IOC added.

The Lausanne Agreement states that Taiwan shall attend international sports events under the name "Chinese Taipei" and fly the CTOC flag, an arrangement that allowed Taiwanese athletes to attend games following a protest by the People's Republic of China, which replaced the Republic of China (Taiwan) at the United Nations in 1971.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel