South Korea will remove Olympic Village banner after IOC decision


Seoul, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s Olympic Committee will post a banner on the Olympic Village in Tokyo referring to the 16th century war between South Korea and Japan after the International Olympic Committee has determined it to be provocative on Saturday. Said it was deleted.

The Koreans said they had agreed to drop the flag and received a promise from the IOC to ban the display of Japan’s “Rising Sun Flag” at stadiums and other Olympic venues. The flag, which depicts the red sun with 16 rays extending outwards, resents many in South Korea and other parts of Asia, which it considers to be a symbol of Japan’s wartime past.

The Korean flag, which gathered protests from some far-right groups, was hung on the balcony of the Korean player’s room and spelled out the message, “I still have the support of 50 million Koreans.” It was.

This is borrowed from the famous words of the 16th century South Korean Navy Admiral Yi Sun-sin, and according to historical tradition, “12 battleships still remain” to the King Seonjo of the Kingdom of Korea. After talking, 1592-1598 Japan’s invasion of Korea.

The South Korean Olympic Committee said the banner evoked an image of war and was reported by the IOC to violate Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter. Or other areas. “

The Commission said it agreed to remove the banner after the IOC promised to apply the same rules to the Rising Sun Flag and ban it at all Olympic venues.

“Under the agreement, the Commission will not raise any further debate to allow athletes to fully focus on competition, but the IOC will not raise political issues at all Olympic venues. It is forbidden to display the Rising Sun Flag, “the Korean Committee said in a statement.

South Korea first formally requested the IOC to ban the Rising Sun Flag at the 2019 Olympics and compared it to the Nazi swastika. Later, South Korean Olympic officials said the Tokyo Organizing Committee denied the flag’s ban request, saying the flag was widely used in Japan and was not considered a political statement.

Many Koreans are still hostile to Japan’s colonial rule on the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945, and the two countries have recently sunk to new post-war lows in the dispute over history, trade and military cooperation. ..

Faced with North Korea’s nuclear threat and China’s challenges, countries have improved relations since the inauguration of US President Joe Biden, who called for stronger trilateral cooperation with traditional US allies. I have been trying. But progress is slow.

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry summoned Japanese ambassador Koichi Aiboshi on Saturday, and according to a local broadcaster, President Moon Jae-in is lewd to ridicule efforts to improve bilateral relations while meeting with reporters. He protested another senior diplomat’s verbal remark.

The two countries are discussing the possibility of the Moon visiting Tokyo to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games and discussing improving relations with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

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