Boxing Kangaroo Ban: IOC Bans Australian Olympic Flag (Photos)
The Boxing Kangaroo, a beloved symbol on Australia's Olympic Team's Flag has been hit with an Olympic ban. The IOC (International Olympic Committee) has ordered that a giant Boxing Kangaroo flag draped by the Australian Olympic team on a balcony at Vancouver's Olympic Athletes Village be taken down.
The Australian Olympic Team is standing firm and refuses to take down the Boxing Kangaroo, which has become a hot photo op here in Vancouver.
Julia Gillard, the deputy prime minister of Australia is hopping mad over the IOC's ban of the Boxing Kangaroo -
The Deputy Prime Minister blasted as "ridiculous" the International Olympic Committee's demand it be removed from Vancouver's Winter Games village.
"It's a scandal and I think we want to see a lot of the Boxing Kangaroo, particularly now we've had this ridiculous ruling ... so yes, boxing kangaroos everywhere," said Ms Gillard, who proudly showed the flag.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott also backed the Boxing Kangaroo flag.
"I think they've flown that Boxing Kangaroo in a spirit of exuberance and I like to see exuberant, confident, vigorous athletes," he said." (source: heraldsun)
The boxing kangaroo was adopted by America's Cup Sailing team in the early 1980s and then the trademark was purchased by the Australian Olympic Team.
The IOC has vigorous guidelines about displaying non-olympic symbols at venues and any official Olympic zones.
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