“Taiwan is Taiwan!” say Japanese netizens who support change from ‘Chinese Taipei’ to ‘Taiwan’ for Tokyo 2020
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Taipei (Taiwan News) — Last February, Japanese netizens launched a campaign called “Taiwan 2020
Tokyo,” calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to change the name of Taiwan’s team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics from “Chinese Taipei” to “Taiwan,” because the current name violates the Olympic Charter.
The group says that due to political factors Taiwan, the country was forced change its name to “Chinese Taipei,” to be able to participate in the Olympics, but the group said “Taiwan is Taiwan,” “Taiwan is not a part of China, and the Japanese support Taiwan.” While the 2020 Tokyo Five Ring “Taiwan Real Name” Promotion Association also recently also launched a petition with the hopes that the Taiwan delegation with will able to use the name “Taiwan” in the Olympic Games.
According to the provisions of the IOC, the Taiwan delegation can only participate in the Olympic Games under the name “Chinese Taipei,” but the group claims this is the equivalent to political interference in sports, and is misleading to the public. [FULL STORY]