According to the newscast, a junior government officer of Senegal complained that he did not get a seat in the business class. He yelled at the cameraman (and at Taiwanese officials too, if they were also there) saying that it’s the government(don’t know he was talking about Taiwan or Senegal) that asks them to come, and that it is Taiwan government’s fault for this to happen (that he did not get a business class seat), and that Taiwan should be ashamed…
Reporters in the newscast says that the Senegal ambassy has appologized to Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan for that individual behavior.
And MOFA said that the number of business-class tickets were offered based on the list that Senegal team or Ambassy provided.
It’s ok that MOFA paid US$100,000 to invite the Senegal team to visit Taiwan. But still we can see how incompetent MOFA and the National Council on Physics Fitness and Sports are. I want to focus this whole farce on one point: NCPFS explained that they never told the press that Senegalese soccer team would hold a game with a Taiwanese team as everybody had expected. Instead, they just arranged the Senegalese team to “Teach and Demonstrate” how to play soccer toward a Taiwanese team and the audience. The problem is, when the Senegalese team showed up without their sport jersey or shoes in, at least the NCPFS should have explained to the audience at the stadium right away and then protested to the Senegal after the “show”. Afterall, we’ve done our part (pay you the money and “show hospitality”) so at least you should do your part too. But NCPFS and MOF just said, oh, it’s ok, it’s worthy to pay this money inviting such a good soccer team to come, and oh, it’s ok, it’s just a matter of miscommunication…blablabla.
When you pay a lot of money(espeically citizens’ money) to invite somebody or a team to come, at least you have to make sure the party you invite know what their duties are and fulfill their duties. Right? But this event ended up the player shopping, enjoying big feast, getting gifts from the govenment and airlines, but what does our soccer team and audience get?
Anyway this is not the first time that Taiwanese officials solicit insult after giving out money. I don’t dislike the Senegalese soccor team after this event. But for those Taiwanese government officials who make policies for their country, all I can say is “You must respect yourself before other people can respect you.”