February 14, 2018 / 12:23 PM / 3 months ago

Ice hockey: South Korean goalie upset about image ban

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean goaltender Shin So-jung feels upset that she was not allowed to display an image of her late father on her helmet at the Olympic Games, she said on Wednesday.

Ice Hockey – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Women Preliminary Round Match - Korea v Japan - Kwandong Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea – February 14, 2018 - Korea goalkeeper Shin So-jung reacts after Shiori Koike of Japan scores. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday that images of the Statue of Liberty were allowed on the helmets of two U.S. goaltenders after a misunderstanding about whether they violated an Olympic ban on political symbols. [nL2N1Q3087]

Shin had to cover up the image of her father after the IOC said “particular figures” were not permitted, a spokesperson for South Korea’s ice hockey association said.

“I feel really upset. The painting of my father means a lot to me,” Shin told reporters after the game against Japan.

The IOC also stopped South Korean male hockey goalie Matt Dalton from wearing a mask with the image of Korean admiral Yi Sun-shin who inflicted defeats on Japan in a 16th century war.

The Olympic ruling body did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

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