Premier calls for Winter Olympics investigation

21 February, 2022

Courtesy of ICRT


Premier Su Tseng-chang is calling for an investigation into speedskater Huang Yu-ting.


Huang triggered controversy before the opening of the Winter Olympics by sharing a photograph of herself on social media wearing a Chinese team skinsuit.


Cabinet spokesman Luo Bing-cheng says the premier has requested the Sports Administration to review Huang's actions to determine if a formal reprimand is needed.


Luo says the premier believes Huang's decision to post the photograph on social media is "highly inappropriate."


He is urging the Sports Administration to better oversee the behaviour of national team members when they represent Taiwan overseas.


The call for an investigation into Huang has the backing of the Presidential Office - with a spokesperson saying members of Taiwan national teams must be more careful when making public statements.


In related news, the Taiwan government is criticizing a Chinese official for suggesting Taiwan is a part of Chinese territory at a press briefing of the Winter Olympic Games, describing the remark as "inappropriate" political propaganda.


In a departure from standard practice, Yan Jiarong, a spokeswoman for the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG), asserted the country's position over the Taiwan issue when asked about Taiwan.


She was speaking during the press briefing attended also by International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman Mark Adams.


In a statement, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan's top government agency handling cross-strait relations, said "the people of Taiwan firmly oppose" Beijing's one China principle.

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