The President of the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday (25 October) that he had decided to call for a postal vote to allow chinese participation in the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid next February.
LV PAN & CU EXTERIOR Castle Hotel in Nagoya, Japan with "Welcome I.O.C." banner on the outside (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR Lord Killanin speaking in English
CU Olympic banner and cameraman (2 shots)
SV Peking delegatio head song Zhong speaking in Chinese
CU Newspaper man taking notes
SV & CU Taiwan delegation head Lawrence ting walking to table and speaking to assembled journalists in Chinese (3 shots)
KILLANIN: "A postal vote is a prerogative of the President under rule twenty. I came here with an open mind but the executive were unanimous in that I should call for a postal vote. This will be posted, probably tomorrow, to all members of the IOC with ballot papers which must be returned, must be returned by the twenty-fifth of November. They will be enclosed in blank envelopes, and opened on the twenty-sixth under Mr. Samurun (phonetic) the chef de protocol, and members of the IOC nominated by me."
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Background: The President of the International Olympic Committee said on Thursday (25 October) that he had decided to call for a postal vote to allow chinese participation in the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid next February. Lord Killanin made the announcement following the conclusion of a three day meeting of the IOC in Nagoya, Japan.
SYNOPSIS: The announcement by Lord Killanin was awaited eagerly by the entire Olympic community. The question of Chinese participation caused problems at the last Olympics in Montreal, and no one wants a repeat.
Lord Killanin said that the decision to hold a postal vote was made because of time restrictions, and because of the December first deadline for entries for the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. The representative of the People's Republic of China's Olympic Committee, Song Zhong, immediately expressed support of the IOC decision to seek a postal vote. He also welcomed the resolution adopted by the IOC to name the National Olympic Committee in Peking as the "Chinese Olympic Committee".
The Vice-President of the Taiwanese Olympic Committee Lawrence Ting, said he was not able to make any comment on either the decision to hold a postal vote or the resolution recognising Peking as the Chinese Olympic Committee and Taiwan as the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee. Mr. Ting said that his committee would study the resolution further; he also said the resolution will not be decided until the result of the postal vote is known.