Flawed flags finally fixed: Chinese state media delights as faulty banners replaced – after six days of competition
The issue of the faulty banners, which was raised on day one of the Games, has now been rectified
Faulty Chinese national flags were finally replaced with correct ones on the sixth day of the Rio Games, after a public backlash that forced the Olympic Committee to apologise for the mistake.
Another day of embarrassment was finally avoided when the correct flag was raised as China won silver in the women’s fencing team category after losing by 44-38 against Romania.
Chinese athletes finally no longer need to listen to their national anthem and observe faulty flags being raised at the awards presentation ceremonies.
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Previously, flags featured a printing fault whereby the four smaller stars were each positioned horizontally rather than circling and pointing to the larger star.
The mistake was first pointed out by the state-run China Central Television, which declared earlier this week that “the national flag is the symbol of a country” and so “no mistakes are allowed”.
CCTV was triumphant when the wrong flags were finally replaced.
“The correct flag was finally raised at the Olympics!,” CCTV said in its Chinese microblogging Weibo account, using a “thumb up” emoji.
Mainland media reported earlier that the faulty Chinese flags were made in China, drawing mockery from Chinese netizens.
While the Rio Olympic Committee later admitted that the flags were manufactured in Brazil, it stressed that it had made “no mistake” as all the flags were approved by each national Olympic committee.
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he Chinese consulate in Rio said that once the consulate realised the flags were incorrect, they had immediately informed the Chinese delegation and the Olympic Committee. Still it took the Committee almost a week to replace the flags.