On July 24, 2018, the East Asian Olympic Committees (EAOC) held an Extraordinary Council meeting to unilaterally cancel the 2019 East Asian Youth Games, which was slated to be held in Taichung, Taiwan.
In the letter from EAOC addressed to the Taichung City, not a single mention was made regarding the substantial reason behind the cancellation.
On October 24, 2014, the Taichung City won the right to host the 2019 East Asian Youth Games. Thereafter, the city government and the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee signed the Host City Contract with the EAOC.
Preparations have since been made in accordance with the EAOC Constitution.
To date, Taichung has invested USD22.2 million in building sports arenas and planning the event, while the central government and other local governments have mobilized economic and human resources to ensure that preparations would be completed on schedule and to the required standard.
The Taichung City Government and the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee asserted that they have honored the Host City Contract and abided by the EAOC Constitution and regulations.
The EAOC’s hasty decision to cancel the 2019 East Asian Youth Games deprives outstanding athletes in Taiwan and other countries of East Asia of their rights to compete, undermines Taiwan’s membership rights, and seriously hurts the feelings of the Taiwanese people.
On July 30, 2018, the Taichung City Government and the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee each filed a request urging the EAOC to reconsider the decision and reinstate Taichung City’s right to host the event. Unfortunately, both requests are declined by the EAOC.
Therefore, Taiwan calls on all like-minded countries to support its bid for reinstatement of the right to host the 2019 East Asian Youth Games in Taichung.
The government and people of Taiwan fully support and are engaging in efforts to reinstate their right to host the event, and hope the international community will lend its support to such efforts.