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IOC Reprimands Korean Footballer.

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Wednesday February 13, 2013 - 13:12:04 in World News by Super Admin
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    IOC Reprimands Korean Footballer.

    South Korean footballer Jong Woo Park will be awarded his London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medal six months after his post-match political protest caused outrage.

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South Korean footballer Jong Woo Park will be awarded his London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medal six months after his post-match political protest caused outrage.

The 23-year-old controversially completed a lap of honor holding a banner with “Dokdo is ours” printed on it following his side’s victory over Japan in the bronze medal match at last year’s Olympics.

But today he received just a strong warning from the IOC Executive Board. The EB ordered the Korean Olympic Committee to submit an educational program for its athletes to ensure they respect the rules of the Olympic Charter.

The IOC barred the midfielder from attending the medal ceremony after officials said the banner breached rules against political demonstrations at the Olympics.



FIFA later banned him for two international matches and fined him 3,500 Swiss Francs despite claims that the action was not premeditated.

“The Executive Board has informed the KOC to deliver the bronze medal to Park as long as it is done without any fanfare or publicity of any kind,” IOC communications director Mark Adams said at a press conference on Tuesday.

“The player had already been sanctioned by FIFA and a number of extenuating circumstances were taken into account,” Adams continued.

“It was decided that this was a spontaneous and not a pre-planned action. The Executive Committee also took into account the players sportsman like behavior to the Japanese players after the match.”

Korea’s occupation of Dokdo, also known as the Liancourt Rocks, has been fiercely opposed by Japan for decades with both countries laying claim to islands.

The incident came one day after South Korea President Myung Bak Lee made a controversial trip to the island, angering Japan.

Park, who is a regular for K-League side Busan IPark, was in Lausanne for the decision along with KOC president YS Park.

Source: Aroundtherings



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