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Chinese Taipei? Coubertin, Father of the Olympic Games, Would Cry

Lindell Lucy
Tokyo, Japan

Jun 29, 2021 — 

以下の日本語 / 中文版於下方

Newspaper: Kyoto Shimbun (京都新聞)
Published: 29 June 2021
Column: Prism ~ From the East ~
Title: Chinese Taipei

130,000 online petitioners who all hold the same wish were rejected by the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC).

On June 25th, the petition starters consisting of Japanese, Taiwanese, and American citizens gathered at the building where the JOC is located in front of the Tokyo National Stadium to deliver the message. Although they had attempted to reach out to a representative beforehand, they received no response from them - so they came. 

"We are not here to criticize anything." "We are here with more than 100,000 people's wishes. We can't just turn away and go home." After a 10-minute argument with the guardsmen, they were never given a chance to speak to a representative nor leave the signatures.

This "how to call Taiwan" issue is much more complex than imagined. The continent claiming "One China" does not recognize Taiwan as an independent country. Since the 1980s, whenever Taiwan participates in an international competition like the Olympics, the word "Chinese Taipei" has been used. It's understandable that the JOC does not want to be involved in this, to a certain extent.

However, the petition is one of the ways to show what people think. The JOC is a public interest incorporated foundation which is subsidized by the country. Moreover, without an understanding of public opinion, their principle purpose of "Olympism" cannot be promoted. If they just send people away, Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympic Games who preached Friendship and Solidarity would cry.

"Taiwan cannot use their national flag or country’s name. It's not fair," says Lindell Lucy, one of the petition starters and an American high school teacher based in Tokyo. His ask is very simple. I think we need to listen as this year's host country.

Author: Nitoshi Kunisada 

View photos HERE.
















《 京都新聞 》

刊出日期:西元 2021 年 6 月 29 日

專欄名稱:プリズム ~東から~(稜鏡 ~來自東方~)








「台灣不能用自己的國旗和國名參賽,這是不公平的。」 其中一名連署發起者—任教於東京的美國高中教師 Lindell Lucy 說到。而我認為身為主辦國的我們,應該在今年夏天,向世界做出一個好的示範。



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