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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on August 12th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Korean Soccer Player Not Given Olympic Medal Due To Dokdo Nonsense

It figures that an Olympic soccer match between Korea and Japan wouldn’t end without some Dokdo nonsense occurring:

South Korean soccer player who held up a sign with a political message after a victory over Japan did not get a bronze Sunday when the Olympic medals were handed out in a ceremony to the rest of his team.

Midfielder Park Jong-woo is under investigation by the IOC and soccer’s governing body, FIFA, for displaying the sign with a slogan supporting South Korean sovereignty over disputed islets that are claimed by both his country and Japan. The largely uninhabited islets are called Dokdo by South Koreans and Takeshima by Japanese.

The IOC and FIFA have statutes that prohibit political statements by athletes and players. Olympic officials had asked the South Korean Olympic Committee to take action against Park and that he not be present at the ceremony.  [Yahoo Sports]

In my opinion not only should Park lose his bronze medal but he should be banned from any future Olympic play.  The Olympics is not the place for such overt political statements.  For example how would the Koreans like if the Chinese players were displaying signs saying that the ancient Korean Gugureyo Kingdom was actually part of Chinese history?

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  • tbonetylr
    4:07 pm on August 12th, 2012 1

    Doesn’t anyone teach Koreans about sportsmanship? :roll:

  • GoldFalcon3
    4:31 pm on August 12th, 2012 2

    Yawn….

  • Stephen
    4:44 pm on August 12th, 2012 3

    tbonetylr
    4:07 pm on August 12th, 2012 1
    Doesn’t anyone teach Koreans about sportsmanship?

    Koreans? Or Korean sportspersons?

    There is a significant difference between the 2 groups. Korean sportspersons attend sports middle schools and sports high schools. The emphasis is on sport … to the exclusion of everything else.

    After high school, they get a free pass into a sports program at Korean universities or military teams. They don’t have to study for the university entrance exam.

    Compared to the rest of their Korean peers, Korean sportspersons are illiterate.

    Park may not have been able to read what was written on the flag. :roll:

  • tbonetylr
    5:03 pm on August 12th, 2012 4

    I hope FIFA bans the idiot from playing in any and all future games. It will be funny if he doesn’t get a medal, sore winner. We saw at least one Korean crying when losing and refusing to leave, now this is how they act after winning. :oops:

    “The IOC and FIFA have statutes that prohibit political statements by athletes and players.”

    It’s obvious the rules of competition aren’t stressed to Korean athletes. A simple history lesson on past Olympic athlete buffoonery might be a starting point.

    Did any other athlete from any of the other 200 + countries that competed in London pull a political stunt like this? Park, Jong-woo must be angry that Korea didn’t win as many medals as Japan.

    TOP MEDAL WINNERS
    1) U.S.A. 46-29-29 = 104
    2) China 38-27-22 = 87
    3) Russia 24-25-33 = 82
    4) G.Britain 29-17-19 = 65
    5) Germany 11-19-14 = 44
    6) Japan 7-14-17 = 38
    7) Australia 7-16-12 = 35
    8) France 11-11-12 = 34
    9) S. Korea 13-8-7 = 28
    9) Italy 8-9-11 = 28

  • tbonetylr
    5:12 pm on August 12th, 2012 5

    # 3,
    “Koreans? Or Korean sportspersons?”

    Both, idiotic Korean ticket holders attending the event were at the game displaying political signs as well. They should’ve been kicked out of the event, a Korean Olympic official said Park, Jong-woo got the sign from them.

    “Park may not have been able to read what was written on the flag.”

    And Obama thinks the Korean education system is good, I wouldn’t be surprised if the buffoon can’t read.

  • surprisesaplenty
    5:33 pm on August 12th, 2012 6

    It seems that the athletes are expected to be exclusively focused on athletics, but the IOC itself is not. I feel this athlete’s main error was infringing upon the territory of the IOC officials

  • surprisesaplenty
    5:33 pm on August 12th, 2012 7

    … and it was a stupid thing to do.

  • esl writer
    5:41 pm on August 12th, 2012 8

    Much of this Dokdo noise is just for domestic consumption and has little to do with drawing international attention. It’s to touch the hearts of the Minjok, to whip the nation to a frenzy, to continuously play the victim card, to use nationalistic pride a as mask for idiocy.

    Otherwise why the hell would someone write a message in Korean and prance around the biggest international stage? Unless of course, you believe all those Korean TV reports about the vast number of African villages adopting Hangul as their new alphabet.

  • Stephen
    5:46 pm on August 12th, 2012 9

    esl writer
    5:41 pm on August 12th, 2012 8

    … why the hell would someone prance around the … stage?

    Auditioning for Girls’ Generation?

  • redwhitedude
    6:00 pm on August 12th, 2012 10

    #4,
    It seems that the US ranks country on total medals.
    Others rank it based on number of Gold medals. Korea finished 5th based on gold medals. Either way Korea has achieved its objective of top 10.

  • Stephen
    6:10 pm on August 12th, 2012 11

    surprisesaplenty
    5:33 pm on August 12th, 2012 6
    It seems that the athletes are expected to be exclusively focused on athletics, but the IOC itself is not.

    It’s something that needs to be taught in the Korean sports middle schools.

    Teacher: What happens if you prance around the stage like Park Jong-woo with a Dokdo sign?

    Football student: No medal for you.

    Baseball student: Get a place in the starting lineup for Lotte Giants.

    Gymnastics student: Become a CF Queen.

  • guitard
    6:55 pm on August 12th, 2012 12

    There is talk that since he didn’t receive a medal – he will not be exempt from military service.

    It would only be fitting that he be assigned to the unit out there on Dokdo.

  • Fanwarrior
    7:02 pm on August 12th, 2012 13

    The Olympics is not the place for such overt political statements.

    You mean like flying the Imperial flag of Japan or wearing uniforms sporting an imperial military theme on them?

  • Stephen
    7:13 pm on August 12th, 2012 14

    Fanwarrior
    7:02 pm on August 12th, 2012 13

    The Olympics is not the place for such overt political statements.

    You mean like flying the Imperial flag of Japan or wearing uniforms sporting an imperial military theme on them?

    No one has said that some Japanese supporters weren’t naughty. The difference is that the Japanese footballers are able to read their own language.

    Japanese sports principal: Watanabe Sensei, how is Kagawa San going this semester?

    Watanabe Sensei: He’ll never bend it like Beckham but he has an A in Japanese language.

  • Tom Langley
    8:19 pm on August 12th, 2012 15

    What a complete idiot. The Olympics are for athletic competition. They are not a political soapbox. Maybe this guy had a few too many headshots on the soccer ball.

  • Mike McStay
    8:34 pm on August 12th, 2012 16

    What amazes me is that he wrote it in Korean. If he wanted to show the world he should have had written it in English. I wonder which university he went to? I hope that this Idiot wasn’t a former student of mine.

  • tbonetylr
    9:12 pm on August 12th, 2012 17

    Koreans say it’s not a political situation, therefore not a political statement. I ask…But why did your President of politics go to Dokdo? If Dokdo isn’t political what is it?

  • Teadrinker
    9:38 pm on August 12th, 2012 18

    #3,

    “Compared to the rest of their Korean peers, Korean sportspersons are illiterate.”

    Exactly why my mother-in-law didn’t want my wife to continue pursuing a career in sports after she was asked to train full time with the national team.

  • Jack
    9:49 pm on August 12th, 2012 19

    “how would the Koreans like if the Chinese players were displaying signs saying that the ancient Korean Gugureyo Kingdom was actually part of Chinese history?”

    Now you know that’s not a fair question because those guys are just dirty foreigners, and we’re talking about KOREANS asserting themselves. They’re Koreans, damnit, and don’t have to follow or respect anyone else’s culture or rights because, damnit, they’re Korean.

  • comfortable.chairs
    11:44 pm on August 12th, 2012 20

    The argument that the Olympics is apolitical is garbage. Countries boycott, fans hold signs, Hitler didn’t shake hands, the panthers held up a fist, whatever – they’re all political messages. This is one guy who held up one sign about an issue that most of the world doesn’t know about. Tommie Smith he is not. But really, what’s the big deal? Yeah, he’s an idiot. He has been shamed by being visibly absent from the award ceremony. But really, what’s the point of anything else? The K fans were allowed the signs. The J fans were allowed the war flags. If they want to punish this one guy, they need to be punishing everyone. I don’t think what he did is any worse than what everyone else was doing, with the sole exception that he was a lot more visible.

  • Denny
    12:50 am on August 13th, 2012 21

    Did Muslim teams get punished for not fighting Israeli teams?

  • FedupwithIdiots
    12:52 am on August 13th, 2012 22

    who cares? bleh he should of still gotten the medal, people are too uptight now a days, especially the IOC they are probably being bought anyway.

  • superjh
    12:52 am on August 13th, 2012 23

    It was wrong of him to bring out a sign like that onto the field. I think he took it from one of the Korean supporters in the audience.

    Japanese people shouldn’t talk smack about this incident cause to be quite honest, the Japanese people still bring out those imperialist national flags at the events. That’s way more controversial than something like this.

  • Busan Ajossi
    2:01 am on August 13th, 2012 24

    Apparently he was handed the sign from a Korean supporter, and in the heat of the moment grabbed it and waved it around. It was not a premeditated act, nor apparently was it intended for anyone but other Koreans, as it was written in Korean, which somewhat undermines its punch as a political statement. I’m not saying what he did wasn’t wrong, but this whole “ban him and take away his medal” business strikes me as an overreaction. I won’t be surprised if his medal is eventually awarded. It should be.

  • Denny
    2:39 am on August 13th, 2012 25

    Lebanese judo fighters refuse to train next to Israeli team

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/israeli-olympic-team-says-lebanese-judo-fighters-refuse-193000562–spt.html

    Olympic officials were forced to erect a screen between Lebanon’s and Israel’s judo fighters on Friday after the Lebanese refused to train on the same mat, the Israeli Olympic team said on Friday.

    The incident arose after Lebanon’s two judokas found themselves next to the five Israelis during practice at the official training venue in Redbridge, in east London, said Nitzan Ferraro, spokesman for the Israeli Olympic Committee.

    “We started to practice. They came and they saw us – they didn’t like it and they went to the organizers,” Feraro told Reuters. “They put up some kind of wall between us. Everyone went on and there was no interaction between us.”

  • Denny
    2:43 am on August 13th, 2012 26

    Iran news renews flap about not facing Israeli athletes

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/07/iranian-media-shuns-idea-of-olympians-competing-against-israelis.html

    Iranian Sports Minister Mohammad Abbasi insisted that Iranian athletes would continue to boycott events with Israeli competitors, telling the Islamic Republic News Agency that “not competing with the Zionist athletes is one of the values and prides of the Iranian athletes and nation.”

    The debate may be a purely symbolic one: Iranian athletes are unlikely to face Israelis in competition at all, with the two countries sending few Olympians in the same categories, according to Israeli media.

    An Iranian judo practitioner who might have faced an Israeli in competition, Javad Mahjoub, is reportedly missing the Games due to gastric illness — a withdrawal that some have eyed suspiciously. In the past, Mahjoub told Iranian media he had deliberately lost a match to avoid facing off with an Israeli.

  • Teadrinker
    3:17 am on August 13th, 2012 27

    #24,

    The fact it’s only a widespread political issue in Korea doesn’t make it any less of a political statement.

  • Busan Ajossi
    7:58 am on August 13th, 2012 28

    #27, The fact that the statement would not even have been understood as a political statement by anyone who was not Korean, to me, does mitigate it somewhat.

  • Maplebear
    8:08 am on August 13th, 2012 29

    :roll: What did y’all expect from Koreans? Seriously, they are the least rational people from a 1st world country that I have ever met.
    The constant whining and narcissistic sense that they’re the most significant people in the world, past and present, despite their history showing no evidence of this whatsoever,are par for the course from Koreans. Yep, you can generalise – this kind of bullshit I hear from Koreans in all walks of life, it’s common and promoted from the cradle to the grave.
    They’re always full of shit – the bawling fencer who legitimately got her ass defeated in the fencing apparently justifies the two morons in the ladies’ badminton screwing the fee paying public. At least Chinese authorities demonstrated what classy and developed nations do – they apologised for the shameful farce that was the badminton game.
    Koreans? No way. Classless to the end, justifying the bullshit because of the ‘conspiracy’ against Korea. This is just another conspiracy apparently.
    I hope the Koreans get their asses whooped at every international sporting event til they start to grasp that their actions are classless, bad sportsmanship and plain dumb as a bag of rocks.

  • superjh
    10:58 am on August 13th, 2012 30

    #29 must have a stick up his arse or something. Why are you here again? Koreans are the least rational people from a 1st world country? I’d really love to know who you are.

  • Dr.Yu
    2:01 pm on August 13th, 2012 31

    Well, since we are all for cleaning the sport arenas from politically offensive behaviors, we should ban the japanese fans to carry and fly the rising sun flag in public places like sport events, as a sign of respect to asians that consider that flag as a Nazi swastika …. As a Korean I have to confess that it really piss me off me when I see one of those symbol of japanese imperialism ….
    Let’s be honest here, they are not really repented from the atrocities they committed in WWII but actually it’s something that makes them proud because it was the only time in their history that they dared to be something bigger that what they really were ….
    The more a think about this flag being carried by Japanese today, the more I’m convinced that such behavior serves only to mitigate their inferiority complex toward other Asian countries .… and that’s sad because their attempt to restore their national proud only brings sadness and sorrow to other Asian nations ….

  • JPtigercat
    3:15 pm on August 13th, 2012 32

    The amount of anti-Korean venom in these comments is amazing.

    I’m an American who’s lived in South Korea for four years, so I know that Koreans can be maddeningly (or, depending on your outlook, amusingly) nationalistic. His holding up the sign, which was indeed handed to him by a fan, was a stupid but momentary lapse. I think he should have been banned from the ceremony but given his medal quietly.

    As for Maplebear’s comment about the Korean fencer… the clock was set at one second. The German fencer hit Shin’s epee THREE TIMES before touching her body, *the clock never moved at all*, and the whole exchange took 1.5 seconds. Game over, Shin wins.

    Shin sat on the piste for so long because, according to the fencing federation’s rules, if she left her protest would automatically have been thrown out.

    Let’s not let bias against Koreans (or anyone) get in the way of the facts.

  • Stephen
    5:00 pm on August 13th, 2012 33

    JPtigercat
    3:15 pm on August 13th, 2012 32

    His holding up the sign, which was indeed handed to him by a fan, was … stupid.

    That was my point. His team mates were not stupid … they have all received medals and had photos taken receiving said medals, which will look great in their family scrapbooks and on their cyworld/facebook pages.

    Let’s not let bias against Koreans (or anyone) get in the way of the facts.

    Who is biased against Koreans? All my comments have been biased against his stupidity.

    I have even proposed a solution to prevent such outbreaks of stupidity in the future. Compulsory classes on correct (public) behavior in Korean sports schools.

    That solution is too late for Park Jung-woo. Instead he is now (and may well have been before) wangtta in the Korean football team. Time will tell if he has any future in football and is able to find sponsors for his (in)famy.

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    7:18 pm on August 13th, 2012 34

    I am starting to think that since Park did not pre-plan the incident maybe being banned from the ceremony is good enough punishment. The Japanese fans though are tasteless for waving Imperial Japanese flags. That would be like Germans waving Third Reich flags at a soccer match against Israel.

  • Chinese History
    8:13 am on August 14th, 2012 35

    You should give him some credit though. At least he’s stating the truth. Unlike China’s garbage distorted history.

  • No Politics in the Olympics
    3:56 pm on August 14th, 2012 36

    Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 for DOKDO

    http://boards.4chan.org/pol/res/4840196
    http://images.4chan.org/pol/src/1344978762369.png
    http://i49.tinypic.com/25pu9ns.png

    Park Jong-woo holds a sign reading “Dokdo is our territory” after his team’s victory over Japan in the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Samsung, a Korean company and a sponsor of the Olympics, supports him by releasing a special version of GALAXY Tab for Dokdo.

  • guitard
    6:03 pm on August 14th, 2012 37

    That’s a bad translation – “땅” means land – not territory.

  • Stephen
    9:19 pm on August 14th, 2012 38

    Korean Football Association, so funny. Trying to scam free trips to Switzerland … maybe their wives, girlfriends and boyfriends can come too.

    “Considering the significance of the issue, we can fly to its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, to give a detailed explanation to FIFA,” said Lee Won-jae, director of the public relations department at the Korea Football Association (KFA).

  • Fanwarrior
    9:47 pm on August 14th, 2012 39

    #32 is it really that amazing?
    You say you’ve been here 4 years and I can’t believe you find it amazing at this point. there is a large part of the ex-pat community who are nothing but closet racists and bigots simply looking for an excuse to run their mouths. Why they stay here is simply beyond me, but I think it gives a lot of insight into their character. They obviously feel trapped by the people they hate so much and can’t help but lash out like a child at any given opportunity.

  • Teadrinker
    1:36 am on August 15th, 2012 40

    #28,

    I’m not Korean and I got the message.

  • Teadrinker
    1:37 am on August 15th, 2012 41

    #37,

    Right, and ‘soil’ in only what you grow plants in. :roll:

  • Paul
    8:58 am on August 15th, 2012 42

    #36

    There is no way Samsung released that image. It looks likle utter shit. Heck, I’d almost wager it was made in MS Paint judging by the rubbishy fill-tool artefacts.

  • Justice human
    7:43 pm on August 16th, 2012 43

    London Olympics: South Korean footballers displayed a flag with a political message

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnFuAkNrN7c&feature=autoplay&list=UUYuQmSu3yPjkKxLj96zn-wg&playnext=1

    The International Olympic Committee has asked South Korea officials for “an explanation” after one of their players displayed a flag with a political message “Dokdo is our territory” during the match against Japan in the Olympic football games.

    Several hours before the match, the president Lee Myung-bak visited islets which are disputed territory between the two countries. The visit prompted Japan to recall its ambassador from Seoul.

    The match in Cardiff was seen as potentially raising diplomatic tensions and, in the event, a South Korea flag with a slogan supporting sovereignty of the islands was reportedly displayed on the field.

    Fifa had already said it will investigate the incident and now the IOC has also intervened. A statement from the organisation said: “we have opened an inquiry and have asked the [South Korean Olympic committee] for an explanation.”

    Fifa said it was “made aware of this incident” and its disciplinary panel chairman will study pictures from the stadium. The governing body’s statutes prohibit political statements at matches.

    ○○○○○ OLYMPIC CHARTER ○○○○○
    http://www.olympic.org/Documents/olympic_charter_en.pdf

  • Stephen
    8:06 pm on August 16th, 2012 44

    JPtigercat
    3:15 pm on August 13th, 2012 32
    The amount of anti-Korean venom in these comments is amazing.
    I’m an American who’s lived in South Korea for four years.

    牛屄

  • Denny
    12:18 pm on August 17th, 2012 45

    IOC may take away Michael Phelps’ medals, too

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/michael-phelps-could-trouble-louis-vuitton-photos-141804124–oly.html

    Photos of Phelps taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz were leaked on the Internet late last week, violating the International Olympic Committee’s controversial Rule 40, which states athletes can’t promote any non-Olympic sponsors from July 18 to Aug. 15.

    Punishments for the rule range from fines to a stripping of medals.

    The campaign was set to begin on Aug. 16 in order to comply with the IOC’s campaign against ambush marketing. Someone jumped the gun and the photos appeared on a wide variety of websites starting on the second Tuesday of the Olympics.

  • American Justice
    8:25 pm on August 20th, 2012 46

    This is the decisive evidence that the Korea Football Association ‘KFA’ was getting involved.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLMzoUK15Xg

    Other Korean players did not try to stop even who while being seeing the violation deed.

    The violation deed in the London Olympic that everyone of the Korean soccer player did is decisive by this.

 

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