August 5th, 2012


Olympics: Flag removal has hurt 'Taiwanese feelings': President Ma

TAIPEI: The decision by Olympic organisers to remove Taiwan's national flag from a London display at the request of China has "hurt the feelings" of the people of Taiwan, President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday.

The flag was removed from a row hanging over Regent Street, one of London's busiest shopping areas, and replaced last week with that of Taiwan's Olympic committee.

Games organisers LOCOG said they had advised the Regent Street Association, which represents retailers and is in charge of the display, to remove the Taiwan flag after a complaint from the Chinese embassy.

Ma, who has pursued warmer relations with Beijing since coming to power in 2008, denounced the Chinese move as "unwise" and said politics should not interfere with sports.

"The removal of the national flag has... hurt the feelings of Taiwan's people," presidential spokesman Fan Chiang Tai-chi quoted Ma as saying during a press conference.

Titles and flags are sensitive issues between Taiwan and China, as Beijing still claims the self-ruled island as part of its territory despite their split in 1949 after a civil war.

Taiwan cannot display its national flag at international sporting events and other events as most countries formally recognise Beijing over Taipei.

Taiwan's Olympic Committee flag has been used at Games since the 1980s when the International Olympic Committee ruled that the island could not compete under its formal name, the Republic of China.


Laure Shang Wenjie

Cai-Fu win men's doubles, China sweeps badminton

What a stunning shot.  One of my favorite shots of the Olympics.

China completed a stunning sweep of all five gold medals at the London Games' scandal-hit badminton tournament on Sunday, clinching both the men's singles and doubles titles to send red-clad fans delirious with delight at Wembley Arena.

World number one Lin Dan overhauled Lee Chong Wei in a thriller to break Malaysian hearts once again, four years after trouncing his great rival in the Beijing final.

Men's doubles world champions Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng then wrapped up the unprecedented sweep with an emphatic win over Denmark's Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen.

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source: Reuters

sorry ~  my little sister was messing with my computer and deleted the last post. =_=

Chinese Zou retains his Olympic floor title in London

LONDON, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- China's Zou Kai presented a flawless routine on floor exercise on Sunday, successfully defend the title on which he won four years ago.

Zou, as the top finisher in the qualification, improved his leading qualifying score to reach a lofty 15.933 points, overtaking the reigning world champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan, who pulled out 15.800 points as the starter.

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