Fri, Jun 10, 2005 - Page 2 News List

IOC Web site error prompts protest by Taiwan committee


The government asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) yesterday to replace its designation of Taiwan as "Taiwan, Province of China" on an IOC Web page.

Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee president Huang Ta-chou (黃大洲) said that his committee protested to the IOC and asked for a correction as soon as it discovered the error, and that the IOC had promised to restore the name to "Chinese Taipei" -- the title under which Taiwan is registered with the IOC -- as soon as possible.

Huang said he believed the matter was a technical error that was not related to politics.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Michel Lu (呂慶龍), said this was not the first time that the IOC had made such an error.

The error appeared in a list of countries for an online registration form for the 117th IOC session, which is scheduled to start on July 6 in Singapore.

In Geneva, IOC spokeswoman Sandrine Chappuis said that the error was the result of the IOC using the country names adopted by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Chappuis stressed that this was a technical problem and did not represent any changes in the IOC's position on the matter.

She said she understood that this was a sensitive issue and that the IOC would deal with the matter, but that it was unclear when the correction would be made.

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