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IOC, do fair play according to a sporting spirit

By Shin In-ho | 기사입력 2021/06/15 [14:47]

IOC, do fair play according to a sporting spirit

By Shin In-ho | 입력 : 2021/06/15 [14:47]

 


At 2018 London Olympics, after Korea beat Japan 2-0, Park Jong-woo, a soccer player raised a banner proclaiming his country’s sovereignty over Dokdo. The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) asked Mr. Park not to attend the medal ceremony. The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) also banned Park for two games and issued a fine of 3,500 Swiss francs. 

 

During the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Japan strongly called for the removal of Dokdo from the Korean Peninsula flag, and the IOC recommended that South Korea take out the islets from the flag. Eventually, Korea revised the flag. 

 

Meanwhile, the neighboring countries of Japan suggested that the IOC ban the “Rising Sun” flag often likened to the Nazi Swastika during the Tokyo Olympics. Lately, Korea asked Tokyo Olympic organizers to remove the depiction of South Korea-controlled island as Japanese territory on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games website. However, the IOC applied double standards toward South Korea and Japan in dealing with the thorny issue of the territorial dispute over Korea’s easternmost islets of Dokdo. 

 

While the Olympic Games are confronted by numerous attempts to undermine its principle philosophy of fair play and rule adherence, the IOC has tried to keep the Olympic spirit. The IOC always should apply the yardstick of the principle philosophy and the rules fairly for the Olympic Games not to be used arbitrarily by its host country.

 

[61st edition of Weeklymonday / June 14, 2021]

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