TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s prime minister wants a Taiwanese Olympic speed skater punished for wearing what appeared to be a Chinese team costume during practice.
The symbols of both parties are particularly sensitive at a time when China’s ruling Communist Party, which claims Taiwan as part of its territory even though the island has long operated under its own government, is trying to intimidate democracy by making fly fighter jets and bombers nearby. .
Huang Yu-ting, one of four Taiwanese athletes at the Winter Games, posted a video on her social media page on Jan. 23 showing her training in what appeared to be a Chinese costume, Central News Agency reported. He said Huang apologized and took down the video.
Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang has asked the Ministry of Education and the Sports Administration to investigate so that Huang “receives adequate punishment”, CNA reported, citing Cabinet spokesman Lo Ping- cheng.
The Olympics are just one facet of a far-reaching campaign by Beijing to isolate Taiwan.
The International Olympic Committee requires Taiwanese athletes to compete under the name “Chinese Taipei”, which obscures the island’s long-standing autonomous status.
The Taiwan Sports Administration said Huang would not face any punishment but should be “more aware of the political sensitivity across the Taiwan Strait”, according to CNA.
Taiwanese team leader at the Olympics, Steven Chen, said the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee will review in April whether Huang was wearing the appropriate clothing, according to CNA.
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