2012 Olympics: North Korean Women’s Soccer Team Delays Game with Flag Protest


The North Korean women’s soccer team refused to take the field for their showdown against Colombia on Wednesday due to a flag blunder.

What sort of flag blunder could tick off the North Korean side so much that they would decline to partake in Olympic festivities?

Well, as the North Korean women were taking the field for their match, they noticed that the scoreboard at Hampden Park showed a South Korean flag where their flag should have been. Understandably miffed, they turned around and headed back into the locker room.

Eventually the powers that be who were running the show realized their mistake and fixed it by displaying the North Korean flag on both video boards in the stadium. This more or less eased tensions and, eventually, the game was that supposed to start at 7:45 p.m. kicked off at 8:50 p.m.

“Today ahead of the women’s football match at Hampden Park, the South Korean flag was shown on a big screen video package instead of the North Korean flag,” the IOC wrote in a statement.

“Clearly that is a mistake. We will apologize to the team and the National Olympic Committee and steps will be taken to ensure this does not happen again.”


Here is a photo via Yahoo! Sports:

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(Kudos New York Times, Yahoo! Sports)

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