At the request of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the ‘General Admiral Yi Sun-sin’ banner was removed by the Korea Sports Association at the request of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Athletic Association protested against the IOC’s request to remove the banner citing Japan’s “support for the Rising Sun Flag (war criminal flag during Japanese imperialism)”, and the IOC decided to apply the Olympic Charter that does not allow political propaganda on the Rising Sun Flag. .
On the 17th, the Sports Council said, “An IOC official visited the office of the Korean athletes the day before and requested the removal of the banner, and in a letter, ‘The phrase quoted on the banner may be reminiscent of a general participating in battle, so it must be removed in violation of Article 50 of the IOC Charter’ I asked again,” he said. Article 50 of the IOC Olympic Charter stipulates that political, religious, or racial propaganda is prohibited during the Olympic Games in any venue, including stadiums.
The Sports Council immediately explained its position on the cheering banner to the IOC and strongly objected to the support for the Rising Sun flag in the stadium. Accordingly, when the IOC promised to apply Article 50 of the Olympic Charter to judge the use of the Rising Sun Flag in all Olympic stadiums, the Sports Council said that they had mutually agreed to remove the banner of Admiral Yi Sun-sin. The Sports Council explained, “According to this consultation, we will not raise disputes so that athletes can focus on the game, and the IOC will ban the display of the Rising Sun flag at all Olympic stadiums so that political problems do not arise.”
Earlier, the Athletic Association got the idea from Admiral Yi Sun-sin’s message to the king at the time of the Japanese Invasion of Imjin War, “Sang Yu, Twelve Sunsin and Immortality” (尙有十二 舜臣不生I made a banner in Hangeul that read, ‘The support and support remain.’ This banner was evaluated as a witty message and received a great response in the sense that it could strengthen the solidarity of the Korean team in Tokyo. However, as the Japanese media and far-right forces protested that the banner had political intentions, the wave grew, and a far-right group held a surprise demonstration the day before holding a Rising Sun flag in front of the residence of the Korean team.
Meanwhile, on the same day, Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee, said, “The organizing committee did not ask for the removal of the banner of the Korea Sports Council,” but he said, “We should refrain from expressing political messages.” At a press conference held at the Tokyo Main Press Center (MPC), Chairman Hashimoto said, “The removal of the banner was ordered by the IOC, not the organizing committee.” He continued, “(Each person) has their own point of view, but (at the Olympics), expressing a political message should be avoided,” he said. “All participants must act to unite the world.”
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