Sports Administration seeks talks in wake of host rights dispute

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Lin Che-hung (林哲宏)

Lin Che-hung (林哲宏)

Taipei, July 26 (CNA) Taiwan's Sports Administration (SA) plans to seek talks to overturn the recent decision by the East Asian Olympic Committee (EAOC) to revoke Taichung City's right to host the first East Asian Youth Games, according to a sports official Thursday.

SA deputy head Lin Che-hung (林哲宏) made the remark after a joint meeting with the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (CTOC), Taichung City officials and experts on sport regulations.

The decision to revoke the city's hosting rights was made at an EAOC extraordinary meeting on Tuesday in Beijing about which Taichung was not informed, Lin said, adding that the city was not given an opportunity to defend itself.

"This was a trial at which the allegedly accused was absent," Lin said.

The EAOC never informed Taichung what terms were allegedly violated in the letter it sent to the city, Lin pointed out, adding that it had been previously agreed that any disputes should be resolved through negotiation.

"The event should not be stopped just because we received a document," he added.

Taichung plans to appeal to the EAOC, Lin noted.

During the 2018 Asian Games that opens August 18 in Jakarta, Indonesia, Taichung City government and the CTOC will visit representatives of EAOC member countries to strengthen dialogue and seek their support, Lin said.

Taichung has always upheld agreements and did not violate any of the terms set by the EAOC, Lin said, adding that the city has also observed all relevant regulations since Taiwan signed an agreement with the International Olympic Committee in 1981.

(By Lung Po-an and William Yen)

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