Olympians Caution on Name Change Referendum

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Date: 2018/11/22
By: International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT)

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Taiwanese Olympians on Wednesday voiced their opposition to a referendum on whether Taiwan should apply to participate in international sporting events under the name “Taiwan” instead of “Chinese Taipei.”

According to Lei Chien-ying (雷千瑩), who won bronze in the women’s archery event at the 2016 Rio Games, Taiwan faces exclusion from competing in Olympic-related events if the referendum passes and Taiwan needs to adhere to 1981 Lausanne Agreement.

Taiwan’s top discus thrower, Chang Ming-huang (張銘煌) said the arguments in support of the name change are illogical, because Taiwan could be suspended not only from the Olympics, but all international sporting events if it violates the Lausanne Agreement.

The statements come a day after backers of the name change referendum claimed that if Taiwan is suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), its athletes will still be accepted as independent Olympians.    [FULL  STORY]

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