2018 ELECTIONS: New name ‘would correct’ Chiang error

TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE: The use of ‘Chinese Taipei’ at sports events was agreed to by a dictatorship that no longer exists and should be rectified, Chen Yung-hsing said

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 22, 2018
By: Lee Hsin-fang and William Hetherington  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

The nation should change the name of its national team to “Taiwan” to correct a

Veteran Taiwanese independence activist Chen Yung-hsing attends the opening of a long-term care center in Hualien County on July 28.
Photo: Hua Meng-ching, Taipei Times

historical mistake, veteran Taiwanese independence activist Chen Yung-hsing (陳永興) said yesterday during a televised debate on Saturday’s referendums.

Chen, a former superintendent of St Mary’s Hospital in Yilan County’s Luodong Township (羅東) and founder of the online media outlet Taiwan People News, criticized the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee’s opposition to the name-change referendum.

He also criticized its failure to join the debate to explain its position.

The committee has said that it would be unacceptable for the national team not to use the name “Chinese Taipei” and has tried to scare athletes from supporting the referendum, he said.

The referendum was initiated by National Policy Adviser to the President Chi Cheng (紀政), a three-time Olympian and winner of the bronze medal in the women’s 80m hurdles in 1968.

“Would it be embarrassing for the national team to use the name ‘Taiwan’ in competitions?” Chen said. “Whose orders are you following? Are you listening to China?”    [FULL  STORY]

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