Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee
The Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee simplified Chinese: 中国奥林匹克委员会; traditional Chinese: 中國奧林匹克委員會; pinyin: Zhōnghuá Táiběi Àolínpǐkè Wěiyuánhuì; IOC code: TPE) is the National Olympic Committee representing the Republic of China (Taiwan).
Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee logo
|Country/Region||Republic of China (Taiwan)|
|Created||3 April 1922|
|Recognized||1922 (as China)|
1 January 1960 (as ROC)
|Headquarters||No 20 Chu Lun Street, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan (Republic of China)|
|Secretary General||Frances LEE, Yuh-fang|
The China National Amateur Athletic Federation (中華業餘運動聯合會) was established on 3 April 1922. Later that year, the International Olympic Committee recognized the Federation as the Chinese Olympic Committee (中國奧林匹克委員會). In 1924, Wang Jheng-ting (王正廷), the president of the Committee, was elected a member of the International Olympic Committee during the 22nd IOC Sessions, which were held in Paris, France.
The China National Amateur Athletic Federation was reorganized on 24 August 1924 in Shanghai; the name of the Federation remained the same in English but not in Chinese. The Federation attended the opening ceremony of the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, but did not attend the events; no athletes were sent to attend the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam. During the 1932 Summer Olympics, held in Los Angeles, the Federation used the name "China" and only one athlete, Liu Changchun, competed in sprinting.
In the aftermath of the Chinese Civil War, nineteen of the twenty-six members of the Federation left the mainland for Taiwan. The headquarters of the Federation moved from Nanking to Taipei City and, with the approval of the IOC, the Federation was renamed the Chinese Olympic Committee, National Amateur Athletic Federation. The first Olympic medalist in the country's history was Taiwanese athlete Yang Chuan-kwang during the 1960 Summer Olympics.
The 1952 Summer Olympics Organizing Committee invited both the People's Republic of China and Republic of China attend the Games, as the IOC recognized both Olympic Committees, but the Chinese Olympic Committee withdrew from the Helsinki Olympics because its delegation was listed as "China (Formosa)". The Federation was informed by the International Committee that, as it did not control sport in Mainland China, it could not continue to be recognized as "Chinese National Olympic Committee," and only applications under a different name would be considered. Moreover, the announcement stated: "IOC should not be involved in any political issue or views." The Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee stated the National Olympic Committee should be considered its own local jurisdiction, but have jurisdiction over its governance. Therefore, the Federation reorganized itself as the Republic of China Olympic Committee (ROCOC), (中華民國奧林匹克委員會) on 1 January 1960, and this name was approved in the 1960s.
The ROCOC agreed the delegation should be known as "Taiwan", but would be allowed to use the initials "ROC" on sports outfits. Since 1971, Mainland China has used different ways to reject the membership of the Republic of China in different international sports federations since the People's Republic of China became a member of United Nations. For example, in 1971 the Canadian Government announced it was not permitting members of ROCOC to attend the Montreal Olympics as it recognized People's Republic of China as the sole legitimate government according to the One China Policy.
The Federation held an annual Chinese Taipei Olympic Academy (CTOA, 中華奧林匹克學院) as the National Olympic Academy Session (NOA, 奧林匹克研討會) each year in different counties of Taiwan since 1978, and the Academy became the fourth National Olympic Committee, and was the first NOC in Asia to hold an Olympic Academy.
The United States Olympic Committee tried to solve the problem of the membership between ROCOC and Chinese Olympic Committee during the 81st IOC Session in Montevideo, Uruguay as relations between Republic of China and the United States of America broke off in 1979. The ROCOC was forced to changed the name of the Committee and would no longer be allowed to use the national anthem and national flag of the Republic of China according to the results of a postal ballot (62:17) by the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee in Nagoya, Japan. Later on, the Swiss Court agreed the judicial review of the ROCOC and the Taiwanese IOC member Hsu Heng (徐亨) by the IOC violated the Olympic Charter. As a result, the IOC modified the Olympic Charter in 1980 which stated that Olympic delegations are recognized National Olympic Committees by the IOC and IOC members cannot sue the IOC following the judgement by the Swiss Court.
ROCOC was renamed as the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (中華奧林匹克委員會) according to an approved agreement between the International Olympic Committee, in Lausanne, and the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee, in Taipei (國際奧會與中華台北奧會協議書) signed by Shen Jia-ming (delegate of the Committee) who presented it to the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland on 23 March 1981, with the assistance of Juan Antonio Samaranch, the IOC president. The approved agreement allowed the delegation of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee to use Chinese Taipei (中華臺北) for presenting themselves, and the emblem of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee and the Olympic flag of the Chinese Taipei as the delegation's symbol. Moreover, the Chinese Taipei team would using the letter T to determine alphabetical order in the IOC Directory. The committee competed for the first time under the new moniker at the Sarajevo Games.
As for the sports exchange between Mainland China and the ROC, any delegation or organization from ROC would use "Chinese Taipei" (中華台北) rather than "China Taipei" (中國台北) to participate in related events as agreed and signed by the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee and the Chinese Olympic Committee on 6 April 1989, in Hong Kong.
The emblem of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee includes symbols of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee and the Chinese Taipei team. The periphery shape is plum blossom that symbolizes the National Flower of the Republic of China. It includes the Olympic rings and the Blue Sky with a White Sun (note that the Blue Sky with a White Sun is different from both the National Emblem of the Republic of China and the Party Emblem of the Kuomintang although it seems the same as the National Emblem of the Republic of China). For the Olympic flag of Chinese Taipei is the same as the emblem.
The National Flag Anthem of the Republic of China is used as the anthem of Chinese Taipei as the Anthem of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (中華奧林匹克委員會會歌) but not the National Anthem of the Republic of China, after the Agreement signed in 1981 which was approved by the International Olympic Committee in June 1981. In addition, the lyrics were modified with the theory of Olympism when submitted for approval in 1981 but is not commonly used in Taiwan.
List of presidentsEdit
The following table lists all the Presidents of the Olympic Committee:
|Name in English||Name in Chinese||Duration||Remarks|
|1||Wang Zhengting||王正廷||1922 1954|
|2||Hao Geng-sheng||郝更生||1954 - 1956||Co-founder of Asian Games|
|3||Chou Chih-jou||周至柔||Jun 1956 - Dec 1957|
|4||Jack C. K. Teng||鄧傳楷||Dec 1957 - Sept 1962|
|5||Yang Sen||楊森||Feb 24, 1962 - Jun 1973|
|6||Henry Hsu||徐亨||17 July 1973 - May 1974|
|7||Shen Chia-ming||沈家銘||May 1974 - Sep 1982||Died due to heart disease|
|8||Cheng Wei-yuan||鄭為元||Dec 1982 - Sep 1987|
|9||Chang Feng-hsu||張豐緒||Sep 1987 - Jan 19, 1998||served concurrently as Chairman of China National Amateur Athletic Federation until 1994|
|10||Huang Ta-chou||黃大洲||Jan 19, 1998 - Jan 2006|
|11||Thomas Tsai||蔡辰威||Jan 2006 - Dec 2013|
|12||Lin Hong-dow||林鴻道||Dec 2013 -||The current president|
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