The International Olympic Committee has appealed to Taiwan to stay in the Olympic Games despite the Canadian Government's refusal to let it compete under the name of the Republic of China.
SV PAN & CU Killanin facing newsmen (2 shots)
CU (Same shot) Lord Killanin speaks
KILLANIN: "The atmosphere was calm, cool, about 20 or 30 people spoke. Various suggestions were made but it was felt that in the interest of all the athletes the games must go on and we are continuing. As we left for the press release the door opened one and the door which we felt was slammed has been re-opened as far as what we consider a fair suggestion to in order to let these competitors compete on this occasion."
REPORTER: "To be perfectly clear, tare you saying then that the Canadian Olympic Committee condemned the Canadian Government and, was there any discussion of either not sanctioning these Olympics or not holding them?"
KILLANIN: "The question of not holding them was touched on but you realise in the late time it was quite impracticable and the only people who would suffer basically are the athletes who are here. And the suggestion such as withdrawing the name Olympic was mentioned but not taken seriously because whatever the Canadian Government has done, the athletes from all over the world have been invited to take part in the games. And all the emphasis, I am glad to say, was, after the general condemnations .. was that our main task - whatever the problems or future may be and what we may do - is that we want to help the athletes. This is our great concern. It's the first time it's ever happened in the history of the Olympic Games and it's very worrying."
REPORTER: "What provisions do you see as being made to prevent this from happening again?"
KILLANIN: "Well first of all, we will be discussing this but I think in another time even if it is at the last minute that we're held up to this. Everyone must be aware that the Games will cancelled."
A deadlock between the two countries in dispute caused the I.O.C. on Sunday (11 July) to choose to go ahead with the games even though the Taiwanese were unable to accept the Canadian conditions. Before Tuesday's meeting the I.O.C. met with the Taiwanese officials to try to persuade them into competing under the name of Taiwan. It was expected that Taiwan announce its final decision as to whether or nor it would compete on Wednesday (14 July). On Wednesday it said it would withdraw from the games unless it could fly its own flag - a statement construed by Reuters as ruling out its participation.
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Background: The International Olympic Committee has appealed to Taiwan to stay in the Olympic Games despite the Canadian Government's refusal to let it compete under the name of the Republic of China.
The appeal came from IOC President Lord Killanin who spoke to newsmen after the opening of the 76th session of the committee on Tuesday (13 July). As he described the mood of the meeting he expressed deep concern about the Olympics and politics.