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Jakarta Post

Asian Games organizers promote proper use of country names, flags

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 25, 2018   /   09:07 am
Asian Games organizers promote proper use of country names, flags Flag of Chinese Taipei Olympics Committee (AFP/John MacDougal)

Asian Games organizers have been promoting the proper names and flags of countries competing in its upcoming 18th edition in Jakarta and Palembang.

The special identification of certain countries, including on their official flags, is ruled under sports protocol

For example, in the Games, Taiwan is identified as Chinese Taipei based on designation under the 1979 Nagoya Resolution.

The Nagoya Resolution is a compromise between the Republic of China (ROC) and People's Republic of China (PRC), recognizing each other when it comes to activities of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Chinese Taipei will also use a specially designed flag for the Games.

Another example, Team Kuwait, the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of which is currently banned by the IOC, will be under the Independent Asian Athletes (IAA) team carrying the Olympic Council of Asia’s (OCA) flag.

“Sporting events at the international level, including the ones ruled by the IOC and the OCA, have rules that differ from state protocol. It is known as sports protocol, the guidelines of which all participating parties are bound to,” chief organizer Erick Thohir said in a statement on Tuesday.

“It may be a new thing to some people, so we will continue to familiarize sports protocol to the public.

“We hope the media will help us by providing correct information that is in-line with sports protocol,” he added.