(LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND) – The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today issued strong warnings to Korean footballer Jongwoo Park and the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) for inappropriate behaviour exhibited by the athlete during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
On 10 August, following the bronze medal match between the Republic of Korea and Japan, the Athlete was seen celebrating on the pitch holding a sign bearing the message “Dokdo is our land” in the Korean language.
The Korean Football Association submitted that the Athlete’s display of the Sign was spontaneous, not pre-meditated, unintentional, and not politically motivated. The KFA also submitted that the Athlete received the Sign from fans in the middle of an emotional victory celebration and that he did not realize the meaning of his actions since he was in an “overly jubilant state.”
The EB also called on the KOC to submit, for the IOC’s review and approval, a programme proposed and designed by the KOC to educate its athletes on the rules of the Olympic Charter and respect for Olympic values.
The Korean men’s football team finished third at London 2012, and the EB has informed the KOC to deliver a bronze medal to Park as long as it done without fanfare or publicity of any kind.