The Sports Affair Council denied trying to block the Taiwan National Flag from being raised at the 2011 Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship, instead asking for the Chinese Taipei Olympic Flag to be raised so as not to offend Beijing.
“Without the national flag, it would be meaningless to hold the tournament in Taiwan.” – Tai Hsia-Ling, SAC Minister
According to Ms. Tai, not only will the national flag be raised, they also plan to give away 27,000 of them during the tournament. The report in a local Taiwanese newpaper also claimed that Hsu Tien-ya, president of the Sunrise Group, was asked by the LPGA and IMG to raised the Chinese Taipei Olympic flag. Ms. Tai also rejected that claim, saying sports and politics should remain separate.