The Incheon rugby anthem crisis reaches its peak (he says optimistically).
Half the rugby associations in Asia point fingers at one another over who had what music file, while the HK Rugby Union warns that “Future errors of this type shall necessitate the team’s immediate withdrawal from competition.” (NatSec Law aside, are sports organizers breaking music copyright?)
An Internet expert explains that the only way to change the Google results would be to get Glory to Hong Kong removed from YouTube. Surprised the pro-Beijing people haven’t suggested it yet. (Good luck: there must be hundreds of videos of the tune, from live singing in shopping malls to choral performances in multiple languages to bagpipe, banjo and euphonium adaptations.)
Regina Ip meanwhile wins the Most Extreme Outrage Contest, proposing the extradition of ‘suspects’ from South Korea. (Second place goes to those calling for athletes to be given special guidance on how to react when the wrong anthem is played – something about visibly expressing horror, frantically making T-signs with their hands and storming off the field. Watch out for teams rehearsing this within a month.)
And – surely proof that Anthem-gate is drawing to a close – the SCMP pulls out its template more-insipid-than-thundering editorial demanding a something something full investigation something something must never happen again.
Needless to say, it – or something equally inane – will.