Taiwan Says Won’t Host Torch, Decision Final – Ralph Jennings

From Reuters:

The Olympic torch will not stop in Taiwan en route to the Beijing Games in 2008, Taiwanese officials said on Friday after talks broke down with China which considers the self-ruled island sovereign territory.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials had wanted Taiwan and China to reach a verdict by September 20, sports officials in Taipei said, which meant the matter was now closed.

Thomas Tsai, president of Taiwan’s “Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee“, told reporters that Beijing had “belittled” Taiwan throughout the negotiation process and insisted Taiwan could only use the flag and anthem as sanctioned by the IOC. [Full Text]

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