The failure to show the correct flag of North Korea in a video presentation prior to a women’s Olympic football match between North Korea and Colombia is a mistake. Especially serious, given that the flag that was shown was of South Korea. The enmity between North and South Korea is surely widely known.
Yes, it was probably a simple error. But who checked the video presentation prior to its showing? Did the editor know the flags of the nations at the Olympics? I wonder.
Look, I’m not knocking the Olympics, I’m incredibly proud that we’ve got them, and I think we’ll make a great success of hosting them.
I hope I’m not making too much of this. I think though that the mistake is indicative of an overall lack of general knowledge, or a love of acquiring it for its own sake. I remember competing with my brother, when we were youngsters, about who could name all the States of America, recognise flags of countries, currencies, capitals, or even the longest rivers, and so on. Time neither eradicates all that knowledge, just makes it harder to recall, nor does it remove the love of updating or adding to it.
Here are the two flags, North Korea on the left and South Korea on the right.