While I was watching the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games held in Rio de Janiero, I noticed that one of the countries that participated was Chinese Taipei. It was one of the weirdest things to me because every other country was given the opportunity to use their national flag during the Olympics. In reality, Chinese Taipei is not an actual country. Going back to the point that I made in my previous blog post, I strongly believe that the International Olympic Committee should just change their name to Taiwan (also known as the Republic of China). It would make more sense since Taiwan is an independent country separate from mainland China. Also, the athletes should have the right to carry their national flag of their native country similar to all other countries competing during the Games.
Unfortunately, the Chinese government has the belief that Taiwan still belongs to them despite the fact Taiwan broke way from the mainland in 1949. I just think that the Taiwanese people need to have the freedom in not only representing their country, but also allowing their athletes the same opportunity to compete on the same level without other people marginalizing them. People that were born in Taiwan should be called Taiwanese and not Chinese even though both cultures speak Mandarin. Maintaining and protecting one’s cultural identity should remain a priority especially when you are competing on an international level.
For more information about this topic, I posted a YouTube video below discussing the reasons that the International Olympic Committee does not use Taiwan’s national flag and anthem.
However, Taiwan has produced a few gold metal athletes during their Olympic history. Chen Shih-hsin is the first Taiwanese female athlete to win a gold metal in women’s taekwondo along with Chu Mu-yen becoming the first male athlete to win gold in men’s taekwondo during the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens. In 2016, Hsu Shu-ching won the first Olympic gold medal in weightlifting and Kuo Hsing-chun won a bronze medal in the same sport. Also, the women’s team won a bronze medal in the field of archery consisting of Tan Ya-Ting, Lin Shih-Chia, and Le Chien-Ying.
Tin Ya-Ting, Lin Shih-Chia, Le Chien-Ying
Seeded fourth, they first beat Mexico in a shoot-off before losing to Korea in the semis. They beat Italy 5-3 for bronze.
Former Olympic Gold Medalists from Taiwan (Republic of China)