The Leaders of the Gay Games have recently released a statement of caution for all of those that will be attending the international LGBT sports competition that is set to take place in August. The statement includes information on how teams can continue to show pride in their teams after it surfaced that China has been attempting to prevent Taiwanese athletes from representing the national Taiwanese flag.
The statement, which was released by the Federation of Gay Games, came not long after it was reported that president of the Taiwan Gay Sports Development Movement Association, Yang Chih-Chun, accused China of attempting to pressure the French government, as well as the FGG, into banning the Taiwanese from flying their flag during the games.
A spokesperson from the FGG has since come forward saying that the French government has contracted both the FGG and the Paris Gay Games hosts and informing them that there are no restrictions on any flags that are flown at the games.
Part of the tension that has arisen is due to the fact that China does not consider Taiwan as an independent nation, which dates back as far as 1949 when a civil war caused many to flee to Taiwan. In the years since, China has refused to acknowledge any independence for the small nation, and insists that is part of China’s territory.
China’s attempt at restricting the Taiwanese flag has been without success, and the FGG confirms that athletes are free to display any flag they choose.
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