Skip to comments.Taiwan’s Olympic gold medal in badminton made the Chinese athletes listen to the Taiwanese national flag anthem
Posted on 08/03/2021 12:09:03 PM PDT by MarvinStinson
Taiwan was barred from participating in the Olympic Games until the IOC passed the 1979 Nagoya Resolution. The country was made to use the name 'Chinese Taipei' and use a different flag and anthem at medal ceremonies.
On Saturday , Taiwan scripted history by defeating the Chinese athletes in the Men’s Double badminton match and securing a gold medal for their country. The event was historic and politically significant as the Chinese team settled for the silver medal and had to listen to the Taiwanese national flag’s anthem.
Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin of Taiwan defeated Chinese athletes LI Jun Hui and LIU Yu Chen in two straight sets of 21-18 and 21-12 to secure Gold Medal for their country. It was also Taiwan’s first-ever medal in badminton. However, the most crucial moment came when the Taiwanese team stood on the podium and the Chinese athletes watched the white flag of ‘Chinese Taipei’ rise above China’s flag. And this was followed by the Taiwanese national flag’s anthem.
While taking to Facebook, Wang Chi-Lin wrote, “We’ve made the world see Taiwan. We’ve really done it!!! Introducing myself out loud to the whole world again. I’m Taiwanese badminton player Wang Chi Lin. I am Wang Chi Lin. I am from Taiwan.” While a large portion of his Facebook post was in Mandarin Chinese, he specifically emphasised his national identity in English to send out a clear message.
On the contrary, Chinese Badminton player LI Jun Hui apologised on his Weibo page for coming second in the match. He thanked his coach and ‘the Great Motherland (of China)’ and expressed regret for disappointing those who held high hopes from him. While refusing to acknowledge Taiwan and toeing the Communist Party of China’s (CCP) line, Li Jun Hui added, “Lastly, congratulations to “China’s Taipei Team.” He followed his comment with 3 Chinese flags.
It must be mentioned that Taiwan is forced to represent in the Olympics as ‘Chinese Taipei’ due to pressure from China on the International Olympic Committee (IOC). As such, the Taiwanese national flag anthem is played instead of the country’s national anthem. The lyrics of the song, originally written in the 1930s, were tweaked to suit the Olympic event. Taiwan was barred from participating in the Olympic Games until the IOC passed the 1979 Nagoya Resolution. The country was made to use the name ‘Chinese Taipei’ and use a different flag and anthem at medal ceremonies.
Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin of Taiwan
The Chicoms should cross their arms in protest, the homeland will reward them.
Good for them. The CCP can pound sand.
Winnie Xi Pooh must be steaming.
Well done, Lads.
Congrats Taiwan. 20 years from now when Texas secedes and wins in the Olympics, US silver medal athletes will listen to Dixie.
“...the homeland will reward them.”
For losing to Taiwan? They’d better defect if they want to survive.
I would bet on "The Yellow Rose of Texas" instead
I thought the Olympics were supposed to be cool and non political. Imagine no country that sort of thing.
Wait I thought Texas was joining the SEC?
It is ironic that they have Athletes marching in under their Nation’s flags, and then listen to a song that says “Imagine there’s no countries.”
Completely unrelated. “In a terrible tragedy, the Chinese men’s badminton team died in a plane crash tomorrow”
Sunflowers are an anti-ChiCom symbol in Taiwan.
Taiwan athletes are quite polite. They could pull out their actual flag on the podium and do a protest like all these protesting athletes.
But they don’t.
Heads would roll if the Olympic committee allowed them to play the "real" national anthem of the Republic of China.
Congratulations to the Taiwan team!
I'm sure nobody in Mainland China was allowed to see / hear the ceremony. TV screens mysteriously went black for a few minutes.
Or “Deep In The Heart Of Texas”
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