Taiwan flag replaces Chinese Taipei banner at French fencing competition

Teenage Taiwanese team secures silver medal after asking organizers to fly Taiwanese national flag

Taiwan contestants show national flags at fencing competition. 

Taiwan contestants show national flags at fencing competition.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's teenage fencing team competed at the Challenge CEP Marathon Fleuret 2020 in Paris over the weekend and was able to secure second place in the male rankings and the fifth in the female.

On Saturday (Feb. 1) and Sunday (Feb. 2), Team Taiwan arrived at the French fencing competition, but coach Ou Feng-Ming (歐豐銘) and his contestants were surprised to find that no Taiwanese flags were present at the venue. After filing a complaint, the team grew even more frustrated when the event organizers chose to display the Chinese Taipei Olympic flag over Taiwan's national flag.

The young fencing contestants told CNA that they were disappointed at the absence of the Taiwanese flag and decided to talk to the event staff as they were rearranging the flags. Demetris Chen (陳宣豪), who is expected to graduate from Taipei Fuhsing Private Elementary School this June, said it made no sense that Taiwan could not unfurl its flag when all the other countries were displaying theirs.

Chen said that at first, the event staff could not understand his request since they did not speak English, but after explaining the situation with cell phone images, he was able to convey his meaning. When asked about possible pressure from Team China, the 12-year-old admitted he was a bit worried but that he had decided to follow his heart anyway.

Competing against 277 contestants from around the world, Taiwanese contestant Chen Yi-tong (陳奕通) was able to win the silver medal in the male category. Wu Ruo Zhen (吳若榛) also gave a brilliant performance and secured the fifth spot in the female fencing rankings, reported Liberty Times.

Team Taiwan requests inclusion of national flag. (CNA photo)