Taiwan keeps taekwondo trainer away from Universiade due to terror links

Nationality of person not mentioned by reports


Taiwan has ramped up security for the Universiade. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Barely hours after officials dismissed a terror threat to the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade opening Saturday, a taekwondo trainer with family links to a terrorism suspect from an unidentified country would be kept out of Taiwan, reports said.

Police would stop the person, who was not named, at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, ask the organizers of the Universiade to cancel his invitation to the games, and send him back out on the plane he arrived on, the Central News Agency reported.

While the trainer was not suspected of any links to terrorism, some of his relatives reportedly were, which under the present climate, would be enough to keep him away from Taiwan and from the Universiade, reports said.

Earlier Saturday, the Ministry of Interior dismissed reports that an Indonesian member of terror group Islamic State had entered Taiwan posing as a laborer and was plotting an attack against the Universiade, the largest international sports event the island has ever hosted.

Media reports did not mention the nationality of the taekwondo trainer who was to be kept out of Taiwan.