The International Olympic Committee (IOC) told athletes from Taiwan on Friday (16 July) that they could take part in the Montreal Olympic Games only if they agreed to drop all public claim to represent the Republic of China.
SCU: Lord Killanin speaking
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KILLANIN: "I rang up Prime Minister Trudeau, I thought I was going to see him in Ottawa at the arrival of the flame, but it was not possible for me to do that. And I spoke to him and I explained the situation as it stood at that moment. And I pointed out that we'd tried to get this arrangement under the Olympic flag, and failed. I explained the general background to the situation, and he - an hour later - he came back to me to inform me that the Olympic .... the flag and the anthem would be played by the Republic of China Nationalist Committee was in order. We still feel that we have upheld our principles and we have endeavoured to do this in spite of the greatest difficulties. (REPORTER-INAUDIBLE) We'd vote on...we'd vote on tomorrow on the name Taiwan, because at the moment they...they march bearing the name of the country or area under which it is affiliated and the rest of course accompanied by the appropriate flag. But not to vote, as this is a change of rule - it is not the name under which they are currently affiliated. And this is for these Games only."
KRUMM: Today we understand that the Prime Minister of Canada somewhat softened his position by offering a compromise to the Republic of China which we felt-that is the United States Olympic Committee - under the circumstances, was acceptable. In view of the many aspects which had to be considered on the matter of the United States participating in the Games, we would like to announce that this time that the United States teams will participate in the 25th Olympiad, here at Montreal.
At their meeting on Friday (16 July) to IOC voted by a two-thirds majority to change its rules forithe Montreal Games only, making it possible for Taiwan to march in the opening ceremony with its national flag and to the tune of its national anthem, but without a name board identifying the team as that of the Republic of China. The Games had been in serious jeopardy until Thursday when the Canadian Government backed down on two of its three conditions for allowing the Taiwan team to enter Canada to compete.
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Background: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) told athletes from Taiwan on Friday (16 July) that they could take part in the Montreal Olympic Games only if they agreed to drop all public claim to represent the Republic of China. But later in the day the Taiwan team managers announced that they were withdrawing from the Games because it could not accept the IOC proposals. The Committee's decision had been reached after negotiations with the Canadian Prime Minister on the previous evening, and it was announced by Lord Killanin, the President of the IOC at a news conference. He was followed by the President of the United States Olympic Committee, Mr. Phillip Krumm, who announced that they were satisfied by the compromise offered Taiwan, and would not now withdraw from the Games.