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Ex-Archdruid calls for Hen Wlad fy Nhadau to be sung by Welsh Olympic winners

17 Aug 2021 2 minutes Read
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A former Archdruid has called for Hen Wlad fy Nhadau to be sung by Welsh Olympic winners.

Jim Parc Nest said he doesn’t understand why Team GB’s Central Committee doesn’t offer the opportunity for athletes from Wales to sing the Welsh anthem and to fly the Red Dragon when they win Olympic gold.

But T. James Jones, a Welsh poet and dramatist, who has twice won both the Chair and the Crown at the National Eisteddfod, says he fears that it won’t happen “until we have independence”.

Under the current system, when Welsh athletes win Olympic gold, God Save the Queen, which is also the national anthem for England, is played, and the Union Jack is flown at the medal ceremony.

The comments follow a call from the Archbishop of York Wales to sing God Save the Queen before international sports games.

In a column for the Telegraph, Stephen Cottrell suggested that when the different nations of the UK play each other in sporting contests that they “belt out our individual anthems” before they “sing our national anthem together”.

Swapping England for Britain and England for Britain is something that happens often according to Jim Parc Nest.

‘England’s flag’

He told Golwg360: “I’m very irritated about our athletes having to compete under England’s flag, because it’s England that mostly uses it as a flag.

“And of course, it’s England’s anthem that has to be sung each time.”

“I just can’t understand why the British central committee isn’t ready to offer, when our athletes compete from Wales and win, the Red Dragon can’t be waved at that time and that the anthem can also be sung.

“I’m afraid it’s a dictatorship, and it won’t happen until we’re independent.

“It’s hard to believe, the number of countries that are so much smaller than Wales in the Olympic Games, and they get to display their own banner and we can’t.”

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Cynan
Cynan
1 month ago

😆 Turnabout is fair play! Let’s ask the Archbish of Yurk what he thinks about this one.

Quornby
Quornby
1 month ago

An early Olympic marathon was won by a Korean running for Japan who had annexed his country at the time.

Hannergylch
Hannergylch
1 month ago

China, Spain and Morocco would object strongly (because of Tibet, Catalunya & Western Sahara respectively).

Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago
Reply to  Hannergylch

China have just competed alongside Hong Kong in Tokyo. There was no problem there, and we have seen very recent political unrest in Hong Kong, aimed at China.

Cai Wogan Jones
Cai Wogan Jones
1 month ago

The legacy of conquest …

Vaughan
Vaughan
1 month ago

Flags!
Anthems!
Yawn!

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