The International Olympic Committee (IOC) met again on Wednesday (14 July) to try to resolve the dispute over Taiwan's participation in the Games which open in Montreal on Saturday (17 July).
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) met again on Wednesday (14 July) to try to resolve the dispute over Taiwan's participation in the Games which open in Montreal on Saturday (17 July). Later on the same day the United States team officials announced that they would withdraw their team from the Olympics if the dispute was not settled in a way which allowed Taiwan to take part.
SYNOPSIS: The 67 members of the world body gathered in a closed session facing the gravest crisis ever for the future of the Games. Canada, which has diplomatic relations with China but not Taiwan, has refused to permit athletes from Taiwan to enter the country and compete under the name of the Republic of China.
But the next day, Thursday, the Canadian Government announced that it would allow the Taiwan team to sue its flag and national anthem. But the Canadians would still not allow the team the compete as the Republic of China.
Another dispute threatening the Olympics came from 350 technicians at the Canadian Government's telecommunications agency, Teleglobe. They had been on strike since last Monday, demanding a 23 per cent pay increase. The dispute threatened to deprive an estimated thousand million viewers and radio listeners around the world of all coverage of the Games.
But also on Thursday, a tentative agreement was reached between the two sides, as traditional dancers and schoolchildren rehearsed for the opening ceremony. The agreement was announced by the Canadian Overseas Telecommunications Union, whose members are responsible for transmitting live television pictures of the Games.
Although television pictures to the rest of the world would have been lost if the strike had gone ahead, pictures to the United States had not been threatened. But now all seems set fair for a trouble-free opening.