Taiwan’s Olympic team won an award even before the start of the London Olympics, as the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC) placed among the top three donors to the “Giving is Winning” campaign organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
At a ceremony in the Athletes Village in London yesterday, IOC president Jacques Rogge presented Olympic Shield Awards to representatives of the top donors, including the Olympic committees of Taipei, Britain and Qatar, for their contributions to the campaign.
CTOC president Thomas Tsai (蔡辰威) and women’s badminton player Cheng Wen-hsing (程文欣) accepted the award on behalf of the Taiwanese delegation and made the first donation to the second phase of the collection of sports and casual clothes, which will be donated to refugees and displaced people in UN High Commissioner for Refugee camps in various parts of the world.
Between January and May this year, the CTOC, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, collected more than 7,900 items of sportswear and sent them to Pakistan, where the IOC is distributing them to people displaced by natural disasters and armed conflict so that they can find some relief from their hardship through sporting activities.
The idea of an “Olympic truce” has been an important aspect of the Olympic Games ever since they originated in ancient Greece and a Truce Wall has been set up in the Athletes Village in London to encourage warring parties to lay down their arms, at least for the length of the games.
At yesterday’s ceremony, Rogge was the first to sign his name on the Truce Wall, and Tsai and CTOC vice president Lin Hong-dow (林鴻道) signed it on behalf of the Taiwanese delegation.