Beijing, 20 February 2022 (dpa/MIA) — Taiwan’s Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang has called for the punishment of Taiwanese Olympic speed skater Huang Yu-ting, who wore a Chinese national team suit while training and posted a video of it on social media.
The premier asked sports authorities to investigate the “inappropriate actions” so that the 33-year-old “receives an appropriate punishment,” Taiwanese media quoted a government spokesman as saying on Sunday.
Huang is one of four athletes who competed for Taiwan at the Beijing Winter Olympics. Taiwain competes as “Chinese Taipei” at Olympic Games.
Since the Communist leadership in Beijing considers the democratic island nation to be part of China and has threatened to conquer it, national symbols are a delicate matter between the two sides.
The video of the athlete in the black and red suit with the words “China” and a small red national flag displayed had sparked controversy in Taiwan.
In response, Huang deleted the video and said: “Sport is sport, and in the world of sport, we don’t differentiate between nationalities. After the Games, we are all good friends.”
She said she got the suit from a friend on the Chinese team.
Taiwan had initially refrained from punishing her, only criticizing the athlete for not having enough sensitivity. Huang even appeared as a flag bearer at the opening ceremony.