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Beijing Winter Olympics

Team Taiwan to skip Olympic ceremonies amid name row

Chinese official's use of 'Taipei, China,' raised concerns among athletes from the island

Taiwanese athletes, under the name "Chinese Taipei," participate in the opening ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.   © Reuters

TAIPEI/BEIJING -- Taiwan's Olympic contingent of 15 athletes will not participate in the opening or closing ceremonies of the Games kicking off in Beijing next week, Taiwanese authorities said Friday, amid concern that Beijing will use the events to assert its jurisdiction over the island.

The announcement, which comes after Taiwan said this week that it would not send officials to the event, cited flight delays and the need for precautions against COVID-19. 

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