Flag fiasco rumbles on with incorrect banner hoisted for a third day as China scoops more medals
Flags still being manufactured as organisers point finger at Chinese delegation for mistake
Faulty Chinese national flags were raised again on the third day of the Rio Games, asa new batch was still being manufactured with Olympics organisers insisting it was not their mistake because the Chinese delegation approved the flags.
As Chinese athletes clinched two more golds, one silver and two bronze on the third day of action, the flags raised at the awards ceremony were again not the way they were supposed to be.
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“New flags are being manufactured and will be sent here as soon as possible,” a Rio Olympics Committee spokesman said. “It was no mistake by the Rio Olympics Committee because all the flags were approved by each national Olympics committee.”
But the spokesman said the most important thing was not to point out whose mistake it was, but to have the flags replaced.
“We are taking necessary actions to solve the problems,” he said.
The flag has a printing fault with the four smaller stars all positioned horizontally rather than circling around and pointing to the larger star.
On the third day of the Games, the incorrect flags were raised as Chinese super star swimmer Sun Yang took home gold in 200 metre freestyle
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But as the national anthem of China was played at the awards ceremony and Sun looked proudly up to the flag, the flag was faulty.
Lin Yue and Chen Aisen also clinched gold in the men’s 10 metre synchronised diving.
An officer from the Chinese consulate in Rio said that once the consulate realised the flags were incorrect, they had immediately informed the Chinese delegation and the Rio Olympics Committee.
He also said that China’s ambassador to Brazil, Li Jinzhang, was concerned about the mistakes.
“I understand that the Olympics Committee is rushing (to have flags replaced),” the officer said.
Mainland media reported earlier that the faulty flags were, in fact, made in China. The Rio Olympics Committee has later admitted that the flags were produced by a Brazilian company.
Chinese netizens were outraged at the mistake. Even anchor Cui Yongyuan of the state-run CCTV said that “it is a principle even primary school students could understand” that national flags cannot be wrong.