According to the Ministry of Sports, a delegation of 15 athletes from Taiwan, including athletes and coaches, will not attend the opening or closing ceremonies of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
“The event’s pandemic prevention and immigration policies have adjusted and delayed flights, and not all could reach Beijing by the opening ceremony on February 4,” the ministry said in a statement. ..
Only four Taiwanese athletes, the women’s 500m, 1000m and 1500m races Huang Yu, and the women’s singles Lin Shilong, Ho Pingjui and Lee Wenyi, will participate in the Beijing Winter Olympics next month. Male and female slalom.
According to the Ministry of Sports, they will be competing in competitions separately from the United States, Switzerland and Taiwan.
“Based on the protection of athletes, high standards of pandemic prevention and control measures have been adopted to prevent the risk of infection. To build up combat power, our delegation will not attend the opening ceremony.” Said.
The ministry further said that due to the small team in Taiwan, players and team officials will skip the closing ceremony and return home after the event.
Taiwan has also decided not to send government officials to the competition due to the limited number of athletes competing.
Taiwanese officials are concerned that Beijing could “downgrade” Taiwan’s status by placing players alongside Hong Kong’s “special administrative region” players at the opening ceremony. He claimed to have refused to send the group.
On Wednesday, China’s Taiwan Secretariat called the Taiwanese team “Chinese Taipei” instead of the official name “Chinese Taipei” and urged the Taiwan Mainland Affairs Council to blame China for using the wrong name.
Taiwan competes under the name “Chinese Taipei” at most sporting events, including the Olympics, at the request of Beijing, which considers democratically dominated Taiwan as “one China” and part of its inviolable Chinese territory. I am.
Tensions between the Taiwanese and Beijing governments have escalated, and the recent invasion of China has involved 39 aircraft and bombers. China claimed Taiwan to be part of its territory and vowed to conquer the island by force as needed.
The Taiwan Mainland Affairs Council also called on Beijing not to tamper with the tournament through “political factors.”
“We urge this year’s organizers to adhere to the” Olympic Charter “and use political factors to disrupt competition, oppress our side and not downplay. Relevant government agencies are also ready to respond to various emergencies. “
Reuters contributed to this report.