(Sports News) The national flags of Thailand and Indonesia are not allowed to appear at the 31st SEA Games as well as the world’s largest sports car races such as F1, MotoGP.
Recently, the Southeast Asian sports village has just experienced a great shock when Thailand and Indonesia received heavy fines from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). These two countries, besides North Korea, do not comply with the provisions of the anti-doping testing program.
The ban on “national flags” of Thailand and Indonesia will be applied in major racing tournaments such as F1, MotoGP
Specifically, WADA banned Thailand and Indonesia from hosting regional, continental and world sports tournaments for 1 year (or longer depending on progress in improving anti-doping work). In addition, the two countries are not allowed to participate in the council of international sports committees or receive any financial support from WADA during the execution of the sentence.
More seriously, the national flags of Thailand and Indonesia are also not allowed to appear at sports events (Athletes from Thailand and Indonesia cannot wear national flags on their chests, no national flags can be hung when they step on the receiving podium. medals, Olympic music instead of the national anthem, etc.).
Previously, a similar case happened with Russian sports when its athletes competed at the Tokyo Olympics 2021 under the flag “Russian Olympic Committee” (ROC).
Recently, WADA confirmed that the ban on “national flags” for Indonesia and Thailand will be applied at many major racing events such as MotoGP, F1, WorldSBK (World Super Motor Championship). The International Motor Federation (FIM), the governing body of MotoGP, and the International Automobile Federation (FIA), the governing body of F1, are among the sports organizations that have responded to the World Anti-Doping Code.
According to Crash.net, “this ban includes the ceremony of stepping on the podium to receive medals and applies immediately to any rider from Thailand, Indonesia”.
However, the national anthems of Indonesia and Thailand are still played at speed sports events. In addition, the two countries may host some upcoming races such as Mandalika WorldSBK (November in Indonesia), Buriram MotoGP (March, Thailand) due to too short of time and unable to find a country. alternative hosting.
The President of the Philippine Olympic Committee confirmed that the national flags of Thailand and Indonesia will not appear at the 31st SEA Games
Also related to the sports scandal of Thailand and Indonesia, President of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) Abraham Tolentino said that the “ban on national flags” will be applied at the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam in 2022.
“I think Thailand and Indonesia can still compete at the 31st SEA Games but without the national flag, like Russia at the Tokyo Olympics,” quoted Mr. Tolentino in The Star newspaper. Lan and Indonesia are explaining to WADA, and they want the organization to propose to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to remove the penalty.
The Thai and Indonesian sports delegations attended the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam under the banner of neutrality…