In my post about the 1964 Olympic Games, I mentioned China’s withdrawal from the FIG. Over the holidays, I was able to find the official statement from the Gymnastics Association of the People’s Republic of China.
Below, you can find a translation, as well as the original in Chinese.
China Sports Association Announced Its Withdrawal from the International Sports Federation.
Xinhua News Agency, 24th: The Gymnastics Association of the People’s Republic of China issued a statement today, strongly protesting the illegal admission of the so-called sports organization of the Chiang Kai-shek Group [Taiwan] as members by the International Gymnastics Federation, and announced that the Chinese Gymnastics Association withdrew from the International Gymnastics Federation. The full text of the statement is as follows:
At the 43rd Congress of the International Gymnastics Federation held in Zurich, Switzerland, under the control of its chairman Thoeni and others, despite our firm opposition, they illegally accepted Taiwan’s so-called sports organizations as members. In this regard, the the Gymnastics Association of the People’s Republic of China felt extremely indignant and lodged a solemn protest.
According to Article 1 of the International Gymnastics Federation’s constitution, “The International Gymnastics Federation is composed of national gymnastics groups from various countries” and Article 2 “Only one association is recognized in a country,” the International Gymnastics Federation accepts China’s only national gymnastics association. It is not entitled to accept any other gymnastics organizations in China as members except for the Gymnastics Association of the People’s Republic of China. Now the International Gymnastics Federation has violated its own regulations by illegally accepting Taiwan’s so-called sports organizations as members. This must not be tolerated. We officially announced our withdrawal from the International Gymnastics Federation.
The unreasonable practice of the International Gymnastics Federation is closely related to the U.S. imperialist policy of hostility to the Chinese people. As everyone knows, in order to occupy Taiwan, the U.S. imperialists tried every means to create a “two Chinas” situation the disguise of “two Chinas” or “one China, one Taiwan” in the international arena. The aforementioned practice of the International Gymnastics Federation is precisely in line with this political conspiracy of U.S. imperialism, which is absolutely intolerable by the entire Chinese people. Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s sacred territory. There is only one China in the world, and this is the People’s Republic of China. The Chinese people absolutely cannot tolerate a situation of “two Chinas” or “one China, one Taiwan” in any international organizations, international conferences, and international events. The conspiracy of U.S. imperialism to create “two Chinas,” no matter what occasion or form it takes, will surely suffer a shameful failure.
Many people in the International Gymnastics Federation are fair. They have contributed to the maintenance of the International Gymnastics Federation’s constitution and the promotion of friendly relations between gymnastics associations of various countries. The Gymnastics Association of the People’s Republic of China is willing to cooperate with them. However, we must not trade sovereignty and principles, and must not tolerate the existence of “two Chinas” or “one China, one Taiwan” in the International Gymnastics Federation. Only when the International Gymnastics Federation corrects its mistakes and revokes the membership of the so-called sports organization of the Taiwan Chiang Kai-shek Group, will it be possible for us to reconsider the issue of cooperating with it.
Jiefangjun Bao (PLA Daily), July 25, 1964