SEOUL, Nov. 16 (Korea Bizwire) – Traditional Korean instruments will be a rare sight at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic, as officials announced a ban on loud musical instruments during competitions.
According to the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Games on Wednesday, a number of musical instruments will be banned at stadiums including gongs, drums, and jings alongside vuvuzelas, balloon sticks, and whistles.
Olympic officials responsible for safety said they have banned musical instruments with loud and sharp sounds over concerns that they could disrupt sporting events.
During a press briefing, the officials also said that players in a confined space like an ice rink can be distracted by loud noises, and explained the list of banned musical instruments.
In addition, concerns over disruption when emergency warnings are issued were also cited, as noisy musical instruments played by sports fans could drown out important announcements.
While the decision has been met with opposition from some sports fans, the organizing committee says the decision was made to help respect the rights of ticket holders to enjoy the sporting events without being disturbed.