I kind of wish the story had mentioned where such athletes march in the Opening Ceremonies. Right behind Greece in the #2 spot? In the penultimate spot ahead of Britain? Alphabetically, between Norway and Oman? Wiki claims second-to-last, but we know how that is. (Also, there's the usual eye roll over the name "Chinese Taipei" for international sports, but whatever.)But more importantly, I think as corrupt and weird as the IOC is it's nice to see that ocasionally they can do something right and give athletes without a committee the chance to compete.
According to Wikipedia (same disclaimer), that's when the East Timor/unaffiliated Olympians entered in 2000.
My sense is that NBC talks about "Chinese Taipei" is the most natural thing in the world. It can't not be in the General Electric stylebook.
<span>My sense is that NBC talks about "Chinese Taipei" as though it's the most natural thing in the world. It can't not be in the General Electric stylebook. </span>
I had recently signed the change.org petition for Marial to be allowed to compete. I don't know what the delay was in granting him the clearance. But I am very happy for him. And my second thought was also: hmm, wonder when the team under the Olympic flag enters...
Marial went to my high school! We didn't overlap at aall, but I know all of the families who hosted him after his uncle moved away from NH and can safely say that he deserves this :-)