Rio Olympics organisers pledge to sort out bungle over incorrect Chinese flags used at games

Errors found in flags used during medal ceremonies at start of the Olympics

PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 August, 2016, 11:02am
UPDATED : Monday, 08 August, 2016, 11:02am

The organising committee of the Rio Olympics has said it is trying to get supplies of the correct version of the Chinese national flag after ones with a wrong design were used at medal presentation ceremonies at the start of the games, state media reported.

The Chinese consulate general in Rio said on Monday that a company outside China was responsible for making the incorrect flags and the organising committee would contact the firm to rectify the issue.

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There are five stars in the top left hand corner of the Chinese flag, one large one and four to its right.

Chinese internet users spotted that the four stars to the left were parallel to each other in the flags used during swimming and shooting medal ceremonies on the first day of the games rather than circling around and pointing to the larger star.

The incorrect flag was also used on the second day when China won gold in the women’s 10-metre air pistol event.

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A staff member at the Chinese Olympic team told the Global Times that the Brazilian authorities should be blamed for the error.

However the Olympics organising committee told the People’s Daily that all national flags used during the games were approved by national Olympic committees and that it was working with China to solve the problem as soon as possible.