Date: Sep 01, 2017
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
President Tsai Ing-wei (蔡英文) and officials from various political parties hailed the
passage of amendments to the National Sports Act (國民體育法), and touted the move as a giant step forward for the development of athletes and enforcement of accountability and financial transparency of the sports governing bodies.
As the draft bill passed its third reading at the legislature, the New Power Party (NPP) and pro-Taiwanese identity groups lamented the loss of their fight to include an amendment changing the name of the “Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee” to the “National Olympic Committee.”
“Approval of the National Sports Act amendments is only the beginning. Our government has the determination to push reforms through… We would regret it if the act were not passed today,” Tsai said when receiving Taiwanese athletes who competed in the Taipei Summer Universiade yesterday afternoon.
“The purpose of the governing bodies are to help athletes, not to monopolize financial and material resources. We must reform organizations that do not take good care of athletes. These bodies will become more equitable for everyone, and will have more openness and accessibility to the public,” she said. [FULL STORY]