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No plan for 2024 Olympic bid: sports officials

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan currently has no plan to apply for hosting the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, sports officials told local media yesterday in light of a foreign media report that said the island country is among the candidates bidding for the quadrennial international sports event.

Education Ministry's Sports Administration Director-General Ho Jow-fei (何卓飛) yesterday told local media that the administration is now offering all available assistance to New Taipei City to win the bid to host the 2023 Asian Games.

The 2023 Asian Games and the Olympic Games to be held a year later are “too close,” therefore, the Taiwan government has “no immediate plan to apply for a bid to host the 2024 Olympics,” Ho said.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee (中華奧會, CTOC) said that hosting a major international sports event such as the Olympic Games requires the joint efforts of different governmental and private units before filing an application.

So far it has received no information from any Taiwanese cities considering to pitch for the bid, CTOC Secretary-General Chen Kuo-yi (陳國儀) said.

The sports department of Taiwan's capital city Taipei yesterday also denied it has a plan to do so.

Commissioner of the Department of Sports for Taipei City Ho Chin-liang (何金樑) said Taipei is set to host the Summer Universiade in 2017.

“The city government has no plan to pitch for the Olympic games bid nor did the city receive instruction from the central government to do so,” he noted.

These Taiwanese officials made the comments in response to a U.S. media report Tuesday that said Taiwan is one of the countries bidding to host the quadrennial international sports event in 2024.

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