The International Olympic Committee is assembled in Uruguay for its 81st annual full membership meeting.?
The International Olympic Committee is assembled in Uruguay for its 81st annual full membership meeting. Discussions centre on how to resolve the problem over Taiwan and China's participation in the Moscow Olympics. The I.O.C. is faced with the problem of whether to approve China's application for re-admission to the Olympic organisation. China insists that, if it joins, Taiwan must be expelled from the Games. But peking apparently is ready to make concessions to allow the Taiwan team to take part in the Moscow Olympics independently, but under un all-China banner.
SYNOPSIS: While Taiwanese athletes train hard for Moscow, their chances of competing depend on the debate underway at the I.O.C. meeting in Uruguay. The Canadian Olympic Committee refused Taiwan's entry to the Games in 1976, and when Peking offered to allow the Taiwanese to compete as part of an all-Chinese team, Taiwan walked out of the Games. Taiwan -- who do not object to China's re-admission to the I.O.C. -- insist that their own status within the I.O.C. should not change because of China's becoming a full I.O.C. member.
China withdrew from the I.O.C. in 1958, because the committee recognised Taiwan. The Secretary-General of the All-China Sports Federation, Song Zhong (Sung Chung), told Reuters in Montevideo that Peking had no objections to Taiwan competing as part of a Taiwan Branch of the Chinese Olympic Committee, but he stressed that they would not be able to use their own flag or anthem. That proposal is seen by I.O.C. sources as unacceptable to Taiwan.
On the Taiwanese side, there have been indications from their I.O.C. member, Henry Hsu, that they would consider a change of name from their present official title of Republic of China. This could become the basis of an agreement which effectively retains both country's competitors.
Both sides gave their arguments before the plenary session of the I.O.C. on Thursday (6 April). And China's representative, Song Zhong, has indicated that he has full authority to change China's stand or accept any proposal from Taiwan. I.O.C. sources believe, however, that an agreement is unlikely to be reached, and it will be the I.O.C. which will decide the issue.