Chinese Taipei at the 2004 Summer Olympics

Chinese Taipei At The 2004 Summer Olympics

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Chinese Taipei at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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Due to the political status of Taiwan, the Republic of China competed as Chinese Taipei at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. In addition, they flew a flag especially designed for the Olympic games separate from the flag of the Republic of China.


In the People's Republic of China, the team is known as Zhonghua Taibei (中華台北隊), with "Zhongguo" meaning China, referring to the People's Republic of China and implicitly including Taiwan within the PRC. In Taiwan, the team is known as the "Zhonghua" (another variation of the term Chinese, but here used as an abbreviation of Zhonghua Taibei (中華隊) and referring to Chinese culture and ethnicity, rather than a specific political unit.

During the Opening Ceremony, the banner held by Chinese Taipei read (in Greek) "KINEZIKH ΤΑΪΠΕΪ", yet the team marched under the letter "T" (as if though the second word came first), so that it would not have to march immediately after China. The same order was observed in the placement of the flags around the Athens Olympic Stadium.

In Taekwondo, Chen Shih Hsin became the first Taiwanese athlete and ROC (Taiwan) citizen to win a gold medal at the Olympics. She was followed twenty minutes later by Chu Mu Yen. Pursuant to further IOC rules, the National Banner Song was played in place of the National Anthem of the......
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