The American Taekwondo Open 2019 opened recently in Las Vegas. On the last day of the March 3 contest, one of the venues was flying the Blue Sky and White Flag. After a strong protest from the Chinese mainland delegation at the scene, the organizer withdrew it.
Afterwards, the Secretary-General of the American Taekwondo Association issued an open letter apologizing and assuring that similar incidents would not occur in the future.
In this competition, Zhao Shuai, a Chinese mainland player, won the mens Championship under 68 kg. Taiwans Liu Weiting won the mens 80kg gold medal, while Li Jieyu won the gold medal in the womens singles and womens team.
The Flag Event at a Taekwondo Open in the United States on March 3: Taiwans Social Media
According to Taiwans United Network reported yesterday, the United States Taekwondo Open 2019 opened in Las Vegas on February 28, lasting four days. A total of 14 venues held the competition last Sunday (3 days). On the 8th venue, the flag of the Republic of China appeared together with the flags of the United States, Canada and other countries.
According to the Nagoya Resolution of the International Olympic Committee in 1979 and the Lausanne Agreement of 1981 (full name Agreement between the International Olympic Committee and the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee), Taiwan can only participate in various formal international sports events in the name of Chinese Taipei, and use special flags, emblems and flag songs. If they do not comply, they will face suspension, disqualification or even loss of membership by the IOC.
The five-ring plum-and-flower flag is commonly used in international sports events in Taiwan region of China.
After the flag problem was found, the continental team immediately protested to the organizers and asked for a suspension of the competition. The organizers eventually removed all six flags.
After the match, Jay Warwick, secretary-general of the American Taekwondo Association, issued an open letter expressing sincere apologies for the incident and promising to strengthen the review with the organizers to ensure that such incidents do not occur again.
Members of the continental delegation negotiate with the US sponsors: Taiwans social media
According to CCTV News on the evening of the 4th, Zhao Shuai, a national taekwondo athlete, won the mens Championship below 68kg in this competition. Taiwans Liu Weiting won the mens 80kg gold medal, while Li Jieyu won the gold medal in the womens singles and womens team.
Video screenshot of Zhao Shuai winning the mens Championship below 68kg: CCTV News
Source: Editor-in-Charge of Observer Network: Xun Jianguo_NN7379