The ‘Sun-Shin Yi banner’ was eventually demolished due to Japanese pressure

On the 17th, under the pressure of the IOC, the Korean Sports Council lifted the banner ‘General Yi Sun-sin’ in the dormitory building of the Korean athletes in the Tokyo Olympic Athletes’ Village. Clockwise from the left, a banner hung in the dormitory building, the Rising Sun flag brought up by officials of far-right Japanese organizations during the protest, taking issue with this, and a sports club official removing the banner. Tokyo = Yonhap News

The Korean Sports Council replaced the ‘General Admiral Yi Sun-shin’ banner that was hung in the apartment of the Tokyo Olympic Athletes’ Village with ‘Beom is coming down’.

The Sports Council hung a ‘General Yi Sun-sin’ banner on the floor of the Korean athletes’ residence at the Tokyo Olympic Athletes’ Village in Harumi, Chuo-gu, Tokyo, Japan. I got the idea from ‘Sangyu and Twelve Sunsin Buddhas’ (God still has twelve ships, and I’m not dead yet), which was posted to the king by Admiral Yi Sun-sin during the Japanese Invasion. was the content.

This banner was removed on the 17th. The Japanese media took issue with this as having political intentions, and a far-right group held a protest in front of the Korean athletes’ village on the 16th, waving the rising sun flag, a symbol of Japanese imperialism. They requested the removal of the banner based on Article 50 of the IOC Charter, stating that political, religious, and racial propaganda is not permitted during the Olympic Games. In response, the Korea Sports Council removed the banner after receiving the promise that the IOC would apply Article 50 of the Olympic Charter to the use of the Rising Sun Flag at all Olympic venues. The Sports Council installed new banners saying ‘Team Korea’ and ‘Beom is coming down’ in the Athletes’ Village.

However, it seems that the IOC, which drew a line that there is no problem with the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee’s ‘marking of Dokdo’, is sympathizing with Japan, actively expressing opposition to the banner of Admiral Yi Sun-sin. In addition, an official from the Tokyo Organizing Committee repeatedly emphasized on the 18th that “the content of the mutual consultation between the IOC and the Korea Sports Council is unknown, but there is no change in the handling policy of the Rising Sun Flag.” As IOC Chairman Thomas Bach remarked, “It is not good to promote confrontation,” it has become a key issue whether the IOC will actually stop the use of the Rising Sun Flag.

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