Updated: 21/08/2011 09:16 | By pa.press.net

Doves burnt alive, Seoul 1988



White doves fly past the Olympic flag during the Opening Ceremony in Seoul in 1988.

White doves fly past the Olympic flag during the Opening Ceremony in Seoul in 1988.

The release of white doves after the lighting of the Olympic flame was a tradition which lasted until 1988, when it all went horribly wrong in Seoul.

The doves, which were used as a symbol of peace, were inexplicably released before the flame had been lit and some then settled in the cauldron.

They were still there when the Korean trio of Chung Sun-Man, Sohn Mi-Chung and Kim Won-Tak held aloft their burning torches and ignited the flame.

While some doves scattered frantically, a few were not as fortunate and were burnt alive as the world looked on in horror.

Animal rights groups were outraged and the birds are no longer released at the opening ceremony, for obvious reasons.

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