Taiwan flag causes stir on last day of US Taekwondo tournament in Las Vegas

Taiwanese flag once again hurts feelings of Chinese athletes at international sporting event

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The banner at the US Open Taekwondo Championships (Photo from Taiwan Taekwondo Assoc.)

The banner at the US Open Taekwondo Championships (Photo from Taiwan Taekwondo Assoc.)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taiwanese flag is once again causing unnecessary controversy at an international sporting event, this time at the 2019 U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships in Las Vegas.

On March 3, the final day of competitions in the tournament, which began on Feb. 27, the Chinese Team “was upset that the Taiwan flag was displayed in the competition area,” according to a letter delivered to the Taiwanese Taekwondo Association by the Secretary General of USA Taekwondo.

Throughout the competition, a banner had been hanging in the arena which included the Taiwan flag alongside flags of the U.S.A., Canada, Cambodia, Chile and Cape Verde.

On Sunday, representatives of the Chinese team lodged a complaint with the competition’s supervisory board and appealed to the regulations of the International Olympic Committee established in 1981.

Unfortunately, the event organizers complied with the protestations of the Chinese team and removed the banner from the competition area. In the letter of apology sent to the Taiwanese team, the Secretary General notes the actions of the Chinese team forced organizers to remove the banner presenting the national flags of five other teams as well.

According to Liberty Times, Taiwanese athletes won one gold medal, two silver, and three bronze medals on the first day of the competition in Las Vegas.

The letter that the Taiwanese team received from organizers explaining the situation can be seen below.