When the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee removed the “Yi Sun-sin Banner”
“Apply Article 50, Paragraph 2 of the Olympic Charter to the Rising Sun Flag”
Promise of IOC and Korean Sport & Olympic Committee, will it be a problem?
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship = Hankyoreh document photo // Hankyoreh newspaper company
Unlike the promises of the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), it turned out that the Japanese government is in a position to allow the Rising Sun Flag to be brought into the stadium.
The Tokyo Olympic Games Organizing Committee said, “The design of the Rising Sun Flag is widely used in Japan and is not a political claim.” “The Rising Sun Flag is not a prohibited item to bring into the competition venue.” The Asahi Shimbun reported on the 18th. In other words, it can be said that it has shown a policy of allowing the Rising Sun Flag to be brought into the competition venue. In an interview with the newspaper, a Japanese tournament official said, “I don’t know the exchange between the IOC and South Korea, but there is no change in the subsequent treatment (of the Japanese government regarding the Rising Sun Flag).”
The Rising Sun Flag symbolizes Japan during the imperialist era and has been criticized as a “symbol of aggression” and a “war criminal flag.” The Japanese right-wing group continued on the 16th of this month, mobilizing a vehicle with the Rising Sun Flag in front of the Olympic Village and continuing to blame South Korea with a loudspeaker.
Prior to this, on the 17th, the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee removed a banner using the quote of General Yi Sun-sin on the outside of the building of the Olympic Village where Korean athletes are staying. In this banner, it was written in Hangul that “the vassals still have the support and support of 50 million people.”
In response to the spread of ripples such as raising issues in Japanese right-wing groups and the media, the IOC requested removal, saying that it “violates Article 50 of the Olympic Charter prohibiting political promotion.” The Korean Sport & Olympic Committee argued that the related phrase was not political, but eventually accepted the removal. However, the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee has strongly protested the use of the Rising Sun Flag in Japan, and revealed that the IOC has promised to apply the same provision (Article 50) at all competition venues.
In response, a Korean Sport & Olympic Committee official said, “It is true that the IOC has promised to apply Article 50 of the Olympic Charter to support using the Rising Sun Flag.” As was the case, it is a matter for the Commission to decide. “
On the other hand, the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee has newly set up banners in the Olympic Village, saying “Team Korea” and “Tigers are coming down.” “Tiger is coming down” is a song that appears in a Korean public relations video produced by the Korea Tourism Organization, and was arranged and announced by the fusion national music band Inalchi in May last year. The song gained explosive popularity with domestic and foreign fans on YouTube and other media. The Korean Sport & Olympic Committee explained, “I prepared it because I wanted to give strength to the team by bringing out the brave tiger that symbolizes the Republic of Korea.”
Reporter Kim So-yeon, Tokyo / Lee Jun-hee (Inquiries [email protected])