SOCHI, Russia – Organizers just can’t seem to get those Olympic rings right.After a mechanical error prevented one of the five rings from working properly during the Opening Ceremonies last week, the rings installed at the Sochi airport also have produced a small gaffe.
The Olympic statue at the airport labeled each ring with a corresponding continent, such as black for Africa and yellow for Asia. That’s incorrect.Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics, never assigned continents to the rings. He simply said they represent the participating areas of the planet (with the Americas combined) and a color that is in each flag of the world.
An International Olympic Committee spokesman said the belief that each ring represents a continent is one of the most perpetuated myths in Olympic history. Sydney organizers also made the same mistake in 2000.
“In popular discussion if you talk to anyone in the street they tend to think that is the case,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. “Clearly it's not and I don't know quite how that happened, but I don't think it is a major, major issue.”