AP Source: SKorean to get Olympic medal back
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A South Korea soccer player who displayed a political banner at the London Olympics will receive his bronze medal, an official familiar with the decision said Tuesday.
The official said the IOC executive board will issue a warning to Park Jong-woo for his actions after his team's 2-0 victory over Japan. The South Korean Olympic committee will be warned and required to educate its athletes about competition rules.
The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the ruling had not been announced.
The IOC withheld Park's medal after the Aug. 10 match pending a disciplinary hearing, which was held Monday in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Park displayed a sign in national colors after the bronze-medal game in Cardiff, Wales. The slogan said "Dokdo is our territory" to support South Korean sovereignty over islets also claimed by Japan.
International Olympic Committee and FIFA rules prohibit on-field political statements. The South Korean team argued that Park had not planned a protest and merely picked up a banner thrown on the field by a fan.
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