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Katie Taylor of Ireland celebrates defeating Sofya Ochigava of Russia to win gold during the women's boxing Lightweight final of the 2012 London Olympic Games

Katie Taylor of Ireland celebrates defeating Sofya Ochigava of Russia to win gold during the women's boxing Lightweight final of the 2012 London Olympic Games

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Katie Taylor of Ireland celebrates defeating Sofya Ochigava of Russia to win gold during the women's boxing Lightweight final of the 2012 London Olympic Games

THE BBC has apologised for mistakenly identifying Katie Taylor and the Irish Olympic squad as India's team.

The British broadcaster reported on the ban on India participating in the Winter Olympics being lifted, but used a photo of our Olympians to accompany the piece.

A BBC spokesperson said: "We used a picture of the Ireland team in error this morning but corrected it as soon as we realised our mistake. We apologise for any confusion."

The photo shows Katie Taylor carrying the Irish flag at the opening of the Olympics in London in 2012 with the rest of the team behind her.

The flag, which has the same three colours as India's national one, was folded over in the white section, where the India's emblem rests.

However, to the right of the image is a woman carrying a huge sign with Ireland emblazoned on it. But our gold medallist doesn't seem to have to been too bothered by the BBC's error as she was busy sparring with fellow Olympian Paddy Barnes.

Camp Katie wasn't too bothered by the error with father Pete Taylor telling the Herald it was a "genuine mistake."

Katie was previously claimed to be British by the Telegraph during the London Olympics in 2012, and the newspaper apologised for its mistake.

 

Online Editors