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Japan insisted on labeling Dokdo on the Tokyo Olympic website, the Korea Sports Association sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chairman requesting mediation. As a result of our investigation, it was confirmed that the IOC had sent a reply, which contained content that was difficult for us to accept.

This is the exclusive report by Kwak Sang-eun.


It is the 1st of last month that Korea Sports President Lee Ki-heung sent a letter to IOC President Thomas Bach requesting intervention and mediation in relation to the map showing Dokdo as Japanese territory on the Tokyo Olympic website.

It has been confirmed that the IOC has sent an official response to Ahreman.

The letter, written in the name of the IOC Olympic Solidarity Director James McCleod, who was not the chairman, said, "We have discussed this issue with the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, but they say that the marking of Dokdo is merely a geopolitical mark and not a political propaganda."

In short, it conveys the Japanese side's argument as it is.

In light of the attitude of the IOC, which recommended the removal of Dokdo from the Korean flag during the Pyeongchang Olympics, the government is in a position that it cannot be accepted.

Accordingly, today (10th), the government urgently sent a letter to the IOC Chairman in the name of Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hwang Hee urging mediation.

[Yoon Kang-ro/Director of International Sports and Diplomacy Institute: At this stage, I think it is necessary to draw attention to the IOC members as well as IOC members and foreign media by giving objective and reasonable explanations. I try to do everything I can.]

Now that it has become clear that the IOC is giving up on Japan's deterrence claims, there are growing calls for the government to take the lead and put forth all-out pressure with the private sector.

(Video coverage: Lee Seung-hwan, video editing: Kim Seon-tak) 

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