The Worldwide Olympic Committee stated it was investigating a possible breach of Olympic rules after two cyclists from China wore pins bearing the silhouette of Mao Zedong in a medal ceremony.
The small pink and gold pins — as soon as ubiquitous symbols representing Mao’s three-decade rule over China — had been hooked up to the observe fits of the cyclists, Bao Shanju and Zhong Tianshi, after they acquired gold medals within the ladies’s dash on Monday.
The cyclists’ badges are a possible violation of Rule 50 of the Olympic constitution, which bans “political, non secular or racial propaganda” at Olympic venues.
In a information briefing on Wednesday, Mark Adams, an I.O.C. spokesman, stated that the committee had requested China’s Olympic delegation to submit a report explaining the incident, and that it had been promised a “full formal reply quickly.”
“They’ve additionally assured us already that this is not going to occur once more,” Mr. Adams stated.
Individually, the Korea Badminton Affiliation stated on Wednesday that it had filed a criticism with the World Badminton Federation after a Chinese language participant was captured on video swearing in a doubles match in opposition to South Korean gamers.
The Chinese language badminton participant, Chen Qingchen, repeatedly shouted what has been interpreted as a standard Chinese language obscenity. She apologized, saying that she was merely celebrating factors scored and that she would modify her “unhealthy pronunciation.” However she didn’t say what she had supposed to shout.
The incident was extensively reported in South Korea — the place nationalists typically chafe at China’s assertions of energy — however lauded as a spirited and refreshing efficiency on Chinese language social media.
The Chinese language group ended up defeating the South Koreans.