South Korean footballer to face IOC Disciplinary Commission in Lausanne

Thursday, 07 February 2013
By Duncan Mackay

Park Jong-woo carrying sign after London 2012 bronze medal matchFebruary 7 - An International Olympic Committee (IOC) Disciplinary Commission is due to hear the case of South Korean footballer Park Jong-woo in Lausanne next week which will decide whether he should be awarded his bronze medal from London 2012. 

Park waved a banner saying "Dokdo is our territory" referring to a territorial dispute between South Korea and Japan while celebrating his team's 2-0 win over their fierce rivals in the Olympic bronze medal match at Wembley Stadium in August.

As a result, his medal was withheld as political protests are banned under the Olympic Charter. 

He will travel to Switzerland, along with a delegation from the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC), for the hearing at the Lausanne Palace hotel next Monday (February 11).

Park Jong-woo celebrating after South Korea won bronze medal London 2012Park Jong-woo (number 15) leads the celebrations after South Korea beat Japan 2-0 in the Olympic bronze medal match at Wembley Stadium - but he still has to receive his medal

"Park will be traveling with an international lawyer, an attorney for the Korea Football Association and an official of the KOC," the KOC said in a statement published today in Seoul.

"The KOC has been working with an international law firm to prepare for the IOC's 'no-mercy' approach to political messages during Olympic Games."

In December football's world governing body, FIFA, banned Park for two games and fined him 3,500 Swiss francs (£2,400/$3,800/€2,900).

Contact the writer of this story at duncan.mackay@insidethegames.biz


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