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London 2012 bloopers- So far


LONDON, July 25, 2012 (AFP) – Three embarrassing blunders at the London Olympics on Wednesday:

North Korea wave flag away

– North Korea’s women’s football match was delayed for more than an hour after they refused to play in an embarrassing mix-up over national flags.

The team was angry after Hampden Park’s giant screen showed images of North Korean players next to the South Korean flag before their match with Colombia.

The game failed to start as scheduled at 7:45 pm (1845 GMT) after North Korea refused to take the field. It finally kicked off at 8:50 pm.

“Clearly that is a mistake, we will apologise to the team and the National Olympic Committee and steps will be taken to ensure this does not happen again,” said a statement by the organisers.

Hitting the roof over obscured view

– Organisers offered refunds to almost 5,000 people after admitting some spectators’ view of the 10-metre diving platform event at the Aquatics Centre is partially obscured.

It was confirmed that 600 spectators high up in the stands at the 17,500-seater venue would have their view partially obscured at each session.

Given there are eight sessions over the men’s and women’s individual and synchro, it would mean refunds could be issued if people chose to return their tickets, which are all in the £30-50 range ($46-$77).

C’mon England… erm, Great Britain

– Team GB sent out a press release to toast Great Britain’s 1-0 win over New Zealand in the opening game of the women’s football tournament in Cardiff.

The home team is supposed to represent England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

But in the email subject matter were the words: ‘England women on their way’.