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Korean alphabet trips up Olympic viewers

AFP  |  Pyeongchang 

The apparently random sequence in which countries marched out at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang had many observers scratching their heads, but it was indeed in alphabetical order -- in Korean.

emerged first into the arena on a sub-zero Friday night, in line with tradition because that is where the Games originated from.

But next to march, to among non- Koreans, was the Akwasi Frimpong, the flag bearer for

Compounding the confusion for many, were followed by Nigeria, and then the

Organisers in clarified that none of this had been a mistake and said the order was based on the Korean alphabet, Hangul, which was developed in the 15th century to replace Chinese characters.

Countries at always enter the Games in alphabetical order according to the language of the host nation.

Last to march out at the curtainraiser were North and -- they were behind a unified flag and the hosts are always the final ones out.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 16:25 IST