Indigenous boxer Damien Hooper has apologised after breaching Olympic rules for wearing a T-shirt featuring the Aboriginal flag into his first London fight. The 20-year-old from Queensland wore the shirt as he walked into the ring for his bout against America’s Marcus Browne.

Hooper won the round of 32 fight 13-11 and said afterwards that the shirt inspired him.

AOC spokesman Damian Kelly says Hooper has apologised and will not be wearing the flag shirt again in London.He says the IOC will be looking into the incident in due course.

“The Australian Olympic Committee is certainly counselling Damien and he has already agreed that he will not be wearing that shirt again during this competition,” Kelly said.”He was very remorseful afterwards in regards to the interest it has caused. He was not aware of the damage or the potential damage that could cause by wearing the shirt.”He apologised to the team and he vowed not to wear the shirt again.”It is understood the flag shirt breaches rule 50 of the Olympic charter.The rule bans demonstrations or political, religious or racial propaganda at any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.

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