Date
28 July 2017
A flawed Chinese flag rises along with the American flag during a medal presentation ceremony at the Rio Olympics. It shows the smaller stars all standing upright,  A Chinese firm supplying flags at the games says it is not to blame. Photos: Weibo
A flawed Chinese flag rises along with the American flag during a medal presentation ceremony at the Rio Olympics. It shows the smaller stars all standing upright, A Chinese firm supplying flags at the games says it is not to blame. Photos: Weibo

Zhejiang firm denies making flawed Chinese flags at Rio Olympics

A textile manufacturer in Zhejiang province, said to be the supplier of accessories such as national flags used at the Rio 2016 Olympics, denied having anything to do with the flawed flags used at medal ceremonies of the summer games, Beijing Youth Daily reports.

Mainland netizens have noticed that the small stars on the Chinese flags raised during the swimming and shooting medal ceremonies were incorrectly positioned as they were all standing upright.

The correct Chinese flag should feature one large star, with four smaller stars in a semicircle pointing toward the larger one.

A spokesperson from the textile manufacturer said they only produced the national flags being sold to visitors, and the ones used at the medal presentation ceremonies were not their products.

“How could we possibly have messed it up when we’re Chinese nationals?” the spokesperson remarked.

Two days ago, the Southern Daily published an article entitled “Made in China invades Rio”, suggesting that mainland products were preferred by the games organizers to those coming from other countries.

Commenting on the incident, state broadcaster China Central Television said the national flag is the symbol of China and no flaws, big or small, should be allowed.

On social media, some netizens tried to calm down their irate compatriots, urging them to first find out the real manufacturer of the problematic flags and avoid blaming Chinese firms without first checking the facts.

Others said regardless of which firm made the wrong flags, the Olympics Committee is to blame for failing to perform its role as the gatekeeper.

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China’s diver Chen Ruolin holds a correct version of the flag in the 2012 London Olympics. The four small stars are tilted toward the bigger one. Photo: USA Today


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