The Sunday Review
Monday was Monday for the Hong Kong government to demand an investigation into allegations of a bribery. song associated with the city’s pro-democracy movement This was performed in place of the Chinese national song before a rugby 7s match between South Korea & Hong Kong.
An instrumental version was played by event organizers “Glory to Hong Kong” as the teams lined up for the men’s final of the Asia Rugby Sevens Series in Incheon, South Korea on Sunday. The song, an unofficial anthem of the city’s 2019 pro-democracy protests, includes lyrics that a Hong Kong court has previously ruled could incite secession – a national security offense.
Clips of the incident, in which the team is shown standing to attention on the field as the song plays, circulated widely on social media Monday, threatening to overshadow Hong Kong’s 19-12 victory.
The Hong Kong government released a statement confirming this assertion “strongly deplores and opposes” The playing of the song, as it stated was “closely associated with violent protests and the ‘independence’ movement in 2019.”
“We have already written to the Hong Kong Rugby Union last evening demanding them to deal with this matter seriously, launch a full and in-depth investigation and submit a detailed report, and convey our strong objection to Asia Rugby, who is the organizer of the Series,” According to the statement, a spokesperson from the government stated that.
Asia Rugby released a statement Monday apologizing for the incident. “happened due to a simple human error from a junior member of the local organising committee, playing a song downloaded from the internet instead of the correct anthem.”
The match’s local organizer, Korea Rugby Union (KRU), told The Sunday Review the mistake occurred when a worker searched online for a Hong Kong anthem and added the top result to a folder labeled “Hong Kong.” Instead of using the Hong Kong folder labeled music file, the staff at the broadcasting station played the music file instead. “China,” The organization stated.
According to KRU, the organizer made an apology through the stadium speaker. He played the Chinese national anthem at end of match.
“Korea Rugby Union will take all measures to prevent a repeat of such an occurrence in future matches,” The organization added that it was a member of the International Association for Human Rights. “Hong Kong” Now the folder has been deleted.
The Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU), released a statement stating that it “expressed its extreme dissatisfaction” Over the incident to organizers. “Whilst we accept this was a case of human error it was nevertheless not acceptable,” According to the statement.
A woman who held a British colonial-era flag in celebration of Hong Kong’s Olympic victory was the first person in the city to face a charge for insulting the Chinese national anthem.
Hong Kong, a former British colony handed over to Beijing’s rule in 1997, sends its own representative teams separate from mainland China to a wide range of sporting events, including the Olympics.