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Taiwan’s national flag anthem played at badminton medal ceremony at historic Tokyo Games moment

The Taiwanese national flag anthem was played at the badminton awards ceremony at the Tokyo Games on Saturday in what can be considered a historic moment for both Taiwan and the Olympics.

The national flag anthem: The song, which dates back to the 1930s, rang through the stadium’s speakers as Taiwanese duo Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin watched Chinese Taipei’s Olympic flag rise during the medal ceremony, according to Taiwan News.

  • Lee and Wang beat third-seeded Chinese duo Liu Yuchen and Li Junhui in the grand final of the men’s double in just 34 minutes.

  • Liu and Li were also present as they watched the flag rise during the ceremony.

  • Although China prevented Taiwan from playing its national anthem during the Games, the country was allowed to play the national flag anthem with the lyrics changed for the Olympics, “with references to the national flag removed,” noted Taiwan News.

  • Wang took to his Facebook on Saturday to celebrate their victory with a message, saying, “I am Wang Chi-lin. I am from Taiwan.

  • Meanwhile, one of their opponents, Li, took to Chinese social media to apologize for their loss and thanked “the Great Homeland” and its coaches. In his closing remarks, he said, “Finally, congratulations to the ‘Chinese Taipei team’ followed by three Chinese flags.

The reaction: Some people have sent their congratulations online, while others criticized the rules Taiwan had to follow to participate in the Olympics.

  • On the other hand, some Chinese social media users have criticized their athletes for losing to Taiwan, according to ABC.

Taiwan Olympic Games Name: Besides the national anthem, Taiwan must also wave a very different flag when competing in the Olympics and change its name to “Chinese Taipei”.

  • Taiwan has taken many names in the Olympics over the past few decades. It all started in 1952 when China and Taiwan were invited to the Olympics, but both governments claimed they represented China. In the end, Taiwan had to give up, AFP reported via Hong Kong Free Press.

  • In 1956, Taiwan again joined the Olympics under the name “Formosa-China”. Formosa means beautiful, like what Portuguese sailors called Taiwan in the 16th century. However, Beijing boycotted the Games and quit the International Olympic Committee (IOC) two years later.

  • Taiwan played under the name “Taiwan” during the Games of the 1960s, despite the authoritarian government’s objection and demand to play under the name “Republic of China”.

  • The country competed in the 1972 Games as the Republic of China before boycotting the 1976 Olympics after the host nation Canada demanded it compete as Taiwan.

  • Taiwan was suspended after the IOC recognized Beijing as China’s representative in 1979. However, the country was allowed to return to the 1981 Olympics after agreeing to compete as Chinese Taipei.

  • In addition to the name change, Taiwan is also to display the “Plum Blossom Banner,” a white flag that sports the Olympic rings, as its flag while participating in the Games instead of its own.

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