When Liechtenstein made its Olympic debut at Berlin in 1936 they discovered that the country's flag of two equal horizontal bands of blue on the top and red was identical to that of Haiti. It led to a crown being added to the top left hand corner of Liechtenstein's flag the following year to differentiate it. But it was not until 1976 that it got hoisted at an Olympic medal ceremony when Hanni Wenzel won a bronze in the giant slalom at the Winter Games in Innsbruck.
These are exciting times for karate which is preparing for its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020. With the Karate1 Premier League season beginning this week in Paris, Mike Rowbottom discovers that the sport is not resting on its laurels.