Petition surpasses goal, olympic name referendum incoming!


#21

Never said it’s good.

Nevetheless, Taiwan is not the official name of the country. It’s always “Republic of China (Taiwan)” or similar.


#22

They should compete under the name Taiwan, it’s not so hard to figure it out. Can not handle it? Go cry about it in some youtube comments…


#23

Would they be the only country competing under a name that is not the name of their country?

Chinese Taiwan would be more accurate than both Chinese Taipei or only Taiwan.

By the way, I am a huge Taiwan Independence supporter, I just think the Taiwanese people should change the name of their own country, before asking others to use a name that isn’t the name of their country. Very hypocritical, and shows that they have very little backbone.


#24

Sadly, you are correct about the ‘backbone’ situation


#25

They are not ‘allowed’ to use the official name!


#26

Taiwanese announcers do.


#27

Why?


#28

I’m tired of hearing 中華隊, its literal translation is closer to Chinese team than Chinese Taipei. Most of our athletes are not even from Taipei!


#29

You seem to have answered your own question. This is not that hard to grasp.

Two options, really:

  1. Keep the Nagoya Resolution and continue competing at the Olympics as a national delegation under the name Chinese Taipei
  2. Demand to play as “Taiwan”, get banned from the Olympics due to international pressure exerted by Communist China, and then scream injustice while athletes stay at home.

Competing under the name Taiwan is and never will be an option.

Other examples of having Olympic teams not follow the conventional short form of a country: The Republic of Macedonia plays under the name “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and list alphabetically listed under “F” because Greece claims that the name “Macedonia” belongs to the greater Macedonia area, part of which falls into the borders of Greece. The United Kingdom plays under the name “Great Britain” because of the controversy over the political status of Ireland; athletes from Northern Ireland can choose to represent either Ireland or Great Britain at the games.


#30

The official name is actually the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team.

The naming dispute between the UK and Ireland ended in 1998.


#31

non sequitur None of those references apply to Taiwan.
If the people of Taiwan do not care about the name of their country, why do you look to ‘outsiders’ for support?


#32

Therefore penguins are black and white TV sets


#33

I have no idea what you mean.


#34

A successful non sequitur then!


#35

420,000 out of 520,000 signatures were verified, which is much more than the required amount, therefore the Olympic vote will officially be on the Nov 24th ballot. How will this all play out?


#36

Woohoo! UN for Taiwan!


#37

What if the referendum result is in favor of the name?
Is it in Taiwan’s power to change it?


#38

"In May, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) sent a letter to the CTOC, saying that the name, emblem, flag and anthem of Taiwan’s team at the Olympics was agreed on many years ago in the Nagoya Resolution and an agreement between the IOC and the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) in Switzerland in 1981.

The IOC further said its Executive Board had confirmed that the agreement remained in place and was fully applicable."

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201810080012.aspx


#39

It took the IOC, China and Taiwan more than 20 years of negotiations to finally arrive at and agree to “Chinese Taipei” (Nagoya resolution mentioned above). I doubt they are willing to open that can of worms again.


#40

If the referendum passes, the Tsai government should adhere to it. have all athletes wear Taiwan track suits etc., then promise to pay all athletes a certain amount of money, at least Nt$500,000 or something if IOC then denies them from participating. that way, everybody has skin in the game and athletes get something for training so hard and not being able to compete.
the global media, especially US, will pick this story up big time considering China is now the bad boy of the world (trade war, ya dah ya dah).