Figure skating decision to be appealed

STRONG OBJECTION: Executive Yuan spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka said that the ISU should say for what reasons or under what pressure it decided to relocate the event

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 25, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠) yesterday said that he has asked the Sports

Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung talks to reporters in Taipei yesterday about the International Skating Union’s decision to transfer October’s Asian Open Figure Skating Classic from Taipei to Dongguan in China’s Guangdong Province.
Photo: Lin Hsian-yun, Taipei Times

Administration and the Chinese Taipei Skating Union (CTSU) to jointly appeal a decision made by the International Skating Union (ISU) on Monday to terminate Taiwan’s right to host the Asian Open Figure Skating Classic in October.

“The nation’s participation in international sporting events has been interfered with by political or other unknown factors. This has affected the development of sports education, as well as the opportunities available for athletes. We should express our strongest objection [to the decision],” Pan said.

It is not the first time that the nation’s right to host a sports event has been terminated without prior notice or legitimate reason. Last year, Taichung lost the right to host the East Asian Youth Games due to the pressure from Beijing.

The Asian Open Figure Skating Classic was scheduled to take place at the Taipei Arena from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3    [FULL  STORY]

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