Uganda withdraws from Taipei Universiade competition

Uganda’s athletes have been ordered not to attend Taipei Universiade since their government adheres to the ‘one-China’ policy

(By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) --- Uganda’s athletes have been advised not to participate in Taipei Universiade since their government adheres to the ‘one-China’ policy.

According to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the athletes are still talking to their government about going to the summer Universiade.

MOFA representative Eleanor Wang (王珮玲) said that this matter had not yet been resolved. "The Uganda team is still trying to talk with its government and is hoping to be allowed to attend the games in Taipei,” said Wang.

"Sports teams are in tears as the Uganda government ordered them not to travel to Taipei for the Universiade,” said Norman Katende, Director Media-communications IAAF World Cross Country Championships Kampala 2017, in a tweet.

Uganda has been participating in the Universiade since 1973 and has won various medals for exceptional performances, including participation in the female basketball category for the first time in the 2015 Summer Universiade held in Korea.

Taipei Universiade will kick off on Aug 19 and over 170 countries will participate in the event.