Taiwan’s foreign ministry on Monday condemned a recent decision by FIFA World Cup organizers to change Taiwan to “Chinese Taipei” on an official Qatar government website granting spectators’ permits for the upcoming soccer tournament, the Taipei Times reported Wednesday.
“We express deep regret over the Qatar World Cup organizers’ failure to resist improper interferences by political powers,” Taiwan Foreign Ministry deputy spokesman Tsuei Ching-lin told reporters at a news conference on June 20.
“The foreign ministry again condemns the Chinese government’s bullying … and its political manipulation of international sports events,” Tsuei added.
FIFA is a French acronym for the international governing body of association soccer. The organization is scheduled to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar from November 21 to