Date
23 September 2017
A laser beam flickers across the face of Premier Li Keqiang while attending the closing ceremonies of the Nanjing Youth Olympics last Thursday. Photo: Chinasmack.com
A laser beam flickers across the face of Premier Li Keqiang while attending the closing ceremonies of the Nanjing Youth Olympics last Thursday. Photo: Chinasmack.com

Seoul regrets laser pen incident at Youth Olympics closing rites

South Korea is looking into an incident at the recently concluded Nanjing Youth Olympics, where one of the country’s athletes was accused of pointing a laser pen at the face of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, China Daily reported on Wednesday.

“It’s extremely improper and regrettable to shine a laser pointer on the state leader. This should not have happened,” the South Korean Embassy in Beijing said in a statement released on its Weibo account.

Television images showed that Li was targeted by the laser pen while he was attending the closing ceremonies of the Youth Olympics in Nanjing in the eastern Jiangsu province.

The beam flickered across his face as he waved to the crowd of some 60,000 spectators at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center Stadium last Thursday, the report said.

Chinese netizens said a South Korean athlete was the culprit, it added.

The incident happened at the close of 12 days of competition among 3,700 athletes aged 15 to 18.

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