Mundine flags support for Hooper
ANTHONY Mundine says the flag controversy surrounding indigenous boxer Damien Hooper would have been avoided if all Australians marched under a united flag.
Hooper created a stir at ExCel Arena in London on Monday when he wore a t-shirt bearing the Aboriginal flag ahead of his Olympic bout with American Maurice Browne.
The Queensland medal contender, who was due to be counselled by Australian Olympic Committee officials over the incident, claimed he was representing his family and culture by wearing the shirt.
It comes as the International Olympic Committee confirmed it would not pursue further action against the 20-year-old, despite raising concerns the stunt went against its policy of making political statements during events.
In Maroochydore to promote the 2012 Murri Games to be staged on the Coast next month, Mundine leapt to Hooper's defence.
"There's only one solution to that problem and that is moving forward as a country and moving forward as people and that's changing the flag, so we all come under the same umbrella and same flag," Mundine said.
"That's whether you're black, brown, white or brindle.
"There is nothing on the flag that symbolises the indigenous, the true traditional owners of the land and that is sad. It's 2012 and they talk a lot of game, but they don't do a lot game."
Mundine questioned the extent of Hooper's political motivation, claiming that Aboriginal athletes drew on their culture to stoke their competitive fire.
"Like I've said, the only reason they would call it a political statement is because of the oppression that has been faced by the Aboriginal man, there's no other reason for it," Mundine said.