Can­cel­la­tion of East Asian Games Should be Con­demned!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The fol­low­ing is a press re­lease from the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan):

Ath­letes and sports fans around the world dream of a world where pol­i­tics and sports don't mix. And yet the his­tory of mod­ern sports has been lit­tered with de­plorable in­ci­dents of pol­i­tics get­ting in the way of sports­man­ship. China's po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated pres­sure on the East Asian Olympic Com­mit­tee (EAOC) to can­cel the 2019 East Asian Youth Games (EAYG) in cen­tral Tai­wan's Taichung City is such a case in point.

On July 24, 2018, the EAOC held an Ex­tra­or­di­nary Coun­cil meet­ing to can­cel the 2019 EAYG due to heavy­handed in­ter­fer­ence from China. The can­cel­la­tion marks the lat­est move in Beijing's cam­paign to sup­press Tai­wan's in­ter­na­tional space and ad­vance its agenda through ex­ert­ing pres­sure in non­po­lit­i­cal are­nas.

Sports events are the ideal venue for cross-cul­tural com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ex­changes. Taichung City has in­vested over US$ 20.5 mil­lion and count­less hu­man re­sources to make the 2019 EAYG such a pro­pi­tious event. EAOC's uni­lat­eral de­ci­sion to can­cel the Games not only breaches the Olympic spirit but also de­prives thou­sands of young ath­letes of their rights to com­pete and ex­cel. China's ruth­less ac­tions are un­ac­cept­able to the peo­ple of Tai­wan and will be dis­ap­proved by sports en­thu­si­asts around the world

It seems like only yesterday that Jesse Owens's record-set­ting per­for­mance in the 1936 Ber­lin Olympics shat­tered Adolf Hitler's plot to show­case the so-called Aryan su­pe­ri­or­ity via sports events. As an­other to­tal­i­tar­ian regime is us­ing its sharp power to bend the world to its will, it was about time the world stood to­gether to tell the Chi­nese regime “enough is enough.”

Mayor Lin Chia-lung (pic­tured) of Taichung City pre­sented the ap­pli­ca­tion for restora­tion of the right to host the East Asian Youth Games in 2019. (Source: Taichung City Gov­ern­ment web­site)

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