Taiwan Delegation to Attend Beijing Olympics Ceremonies as ‘Required’

Taiwan on Tuesday reversed its weekend decision to forego the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Winter Olympics after it was required by the International Olympic Committee to participate.

Days earlier, Taiwan’s Sports Administration said it would not attend the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns and obstacles with flight schedules.

The change in plans came amid increasing tensions between Beijing and Taipei. China has been accelerating economic and military pressures against the self-ruled democratic island which it claims.

“(We’ve) received multiple notices by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) recently requiring all delegations joining the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics to cooperate and attend the opening and closing ceremonies,” Taiwan’s Olympic committee said on Tuesday.

The committee said that it will adjust plans and “cooperate with the policy to send staff to attend the opening and closing ceremonies” out of its respect of the Olympic spirit.

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