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Taipei withdrew Asian Games bid in March: councilor

By Huang Chung-jung, Yen Ruo-jin and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

“The Taipei City Government submitted a pie-in-the-sky proposal without doing a thorough assessment and then ran away after it had grabbed the bidding rights from other hopefuls,” she said at the time. “Such conduct shows no regard whatsoever for the city’s integrity and the country’s global image, and it is a laughing-stock in the international community.”

Chuang on Monday blasted the city’s unilateral withdrawal of its bid as a decision that forsook the public, as well as the other two hopeful bidders, then-Kaohsiung City and then-Taipei County.

Accusing the city government of trifling with its Asian Games bid, Chuang said it should not have competed against the two other bidders if it had known it was not capable of hosting the event.

“The Taipei City Government owes an apology to both Kaohsiung and New Taipei City [新北市, the successor of Taipei County],” Chuang added.

Calling into question the city government’s budget for its Asian Games bid, Chuang said: “On the one hand, the city government claimed it withdrew the bid due to an inadequate budget and insufficient time to construct the required stadiums, while on the other it squandered about NT$1.27 million taking government officials on a fact-finding visit to Dubai in April 2010.”

In November of the same year, the city government also spent NT$607,417 on another fact-finding visit to Guangzhou, China, the host of the 2010 Asian Games, followed by a fact-finding trip to Tokyo, Japan, Chuang said.

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