Taiwan’s national flag anthem plays during badminton medal ceremony in historic Tokyo Games moment
The national flag anthem of Taiwan was played during the badminton awards ceremony at the Tokyo Games on Saturday, which can be considered a historic moment for both Taiwan and the Olympic Games.
The National Flag Anthem: The song, dating from the 1930s, echoed through the stadium's speakers as Taiwan News duo Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin watched the Olympic flag of China Taipei rise at the medal ceremony, according to Taiwan News.
Lee and Wang defeated China's third-placed duo Liu Yuchen and Li Junhui in the grand final of the men's doubles in just 34 minutes.
Liu and Li were also present when they hoisted the flag during the ceremony.
Although China banned Taiwan from playing its national anthem during the Games, the country was allowed to play the national flag anthem with the text changed for the Olympics, "cut out with references to the actual national flag," Taiwan News noted.
Wang went to his Facebook on Saturday to celebrate her victory with a post: “I am Wang Chi-lin. I am from Taiwan."
Meanwhile, one of her opponents, Li, apologized for her loss on Chinese social media and thanked "the Great Motherland" and its coaches. In his closing remarks, he said: “Finally, congratulations to“ China's Taipei Team ”, followed by three Chinese flags.
The reaction: some congratulated online, others criticized the rules Taiwan had to follow in order to participate in the Olympic Games.
The President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Tsai Ing-wen, congratulated the duo on Twitter on Saturday for winning the gold medal.
On the other hand, according to ABC, some Chinese social media users criticized their athletes for losing to Taiwan.
Taiwan's Olympic name: Aside from the national anthem, Taiwan also has to wave a completely different flag at the Olympic Games and change its name to “Chinese Taipei”.
Taiwan has taken on many names in the Olympics over the past few decades. It began in 1952 when China and Taiwan were invited to the Olympics, but the two governments claimed they represented China. In the end, Taiwan had to get out, AFP reported on Hong Kong Free Press.
In 1956 Taiwan took part in the Olympic Games again as "Formosa China". Formosa means beautiful, as Portuguese sailors called Taiwan in the 16th century. Beijing boycotted the Games, however, and left the International Olympic Committee (IOC) two years later.
Taiwan played under the name "Taiwan" during the 1960s Games, despite objections and requests from the authoritarian government to play under the name "Republic of China".
The country competed in the 1972 Games as the Republic of China before boycotting the 1976 Olympic Games after Canada, the host country, requested that it compete under the name Taiwan.
Taiwan was suspended after the IOC recognized Beijing as China's representative in 1979. However, the country was allowed to participate in the Olympic Games again in 1981 after agreeing to compete as Chinese Taipei.
In addition to changing its name, Taiwan must also hoist the “Plum Blossom Banner”, a white flag with the Olympic rings, as its own flag when participating in the Games.
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