Chinese Taipei can soon kick off their selection of 120 torch bearers for the Beijing Olympics torch relay if they return to the written agreement reached by Beijing Olympics organizers and Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee.
Jiang Xiaoyu, executive vice president of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG), on Saturday urged Chinese Taipei to be back to the torch relay.
"As far as BOCOG is concerned, the passing of the Olympic flame through Taipei has been defined by BOCOG and the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee," said Jiang.
"We hope they will stay free from artificial factors and return to the written agreement made by both sides and validated by the International Olympic Committee.
"If the CTOC can return to the agreement already made, the selection of the 120 torch bearers for Taipei will kick off after that."
BOCOG launched torch bearer recruitment on Saturday as a total of 21,880 will be selected for the 137,000km, 130-day torch relay.
Tsai Chen-wei, chairman of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee, had sent a letter on March 27 to BOCOG to confirm the following arrangements: the Taipei leg of the Beijing Games torch relay will take place on April 30, 2008; the Olympic flame will fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei and leave for Hong Kong on May 1 after the relay ends in Taipei.
On April 26, BOCOG unveiled the planned route of the torch relay. But Taiwan authorities and the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee responded by saying that they could not accept the planned route.