In 1958 the People's Republic of China withdrew from Olympic competition leaving only Taiwan as the representative of the Chinese people.
GV AND CU INTERIOR Chinese Olympic Committee leader Sung Tung speaking at news conference in Chinese with newsmen taking notes (3 shots)
SV AND CU Sung Tung replying through interpreter to question by Visnews reporter Paul Toulmin-Rothe (6 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: ROTHE: "Mr. Sung, at this present moment, what would you estimate the chances of China competing in the 1980 Moscow Olympics?"
SUNG THROUGH INTERPRETER: "In our opinion, the conditions for our participation in the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980 are really ripening up.
ROTHE: "How would athletes from China take competing alongside Chinese athletes from Taiwan in the same competition in Moscow?"
SUNG: "It's a very good thing for us, our athletes can compete together alongside with the athletes from the island of Taiwan of China."
ROTHE: "So in other words there would be no objection to, on the part of Chinese athletes and Chinese organization to competing with athletes from Taiwan?"
SUNG: "That's right, but of course in this connection I would have to emphasise once again that the conditions are that they must accept the Puerto Rico recommendation proposed by the Executive Board of the IOC (International Olympic Committee) in Puerto Rico."
ROTHE: "Do you anticipate any problems with your athletes going to Moscow, If China was re-admitted?"
SUNG: "As a matter of fact, the Chinese women's volleyball team has already participated in the lat world volleyball championships which tool place in Moscow (indistinct) and we had felt they were really well looked after had warmly received by the Soviet people and on the whole the Soviet people are really very friendly to us the Chinese people."
SPORT: SUMMER COMPETITION
REPORTER: PAUL TOULMIN-ROTHE
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: In 1958 the People's Republic of China withdrew from Olympic competition leaving only Taiwan as the representative of the Chinese people. Now, twenty-one years later, the People's Republic is contemplating a return to international athletics. The attempt has met with resistance from Taiwan which insists on continuing to use it traditional name and the Republic of China national anthem. The problem will be examined more closely this week when Lord Killanin the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chairman meets with the IOC executive board in Nagoya, Japan.