Taiwan skating union controversially renounces right to host event

The government is investigating Chinese Taipei Skating Union to determine if it caved into China’s ‘invisible pressure’

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/07/25
By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Reporter

CTSU Secretary-General Wu I-te (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Chinese Taipei Skating Union (CTSU) has given up the right to host an international figure skating competition in Taipei scheduled for late October, saying the decision was made due to “invisible pressure.”

CTSU Secretary-General Wu I-te (吳奕德) held a press conference on Thursday (July 25) amid widespread criticism of the association’s handling of the issue.

In May, the International Skating Union (ISU) awarded the CTSU the right to host the 2019 Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy, which will be held from Oct. 30 to Nov. 4. However, the association claimed on Tuesday (July 23) its right to host the event had been revoked due to “international circumstances,” though it later scrapped this wording from the statement.

The event will now be organized by the Hong Kong Skating Union instead, with the competition taking place in the Chinese city of Dongguan.    [FULL  STORY]

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