Saturday, July 24

Tokyo Olympics: artistic director of the opening ceremony sacked

Yet another scandal on the eve of the opening of the Tokyo Olympics.

The Olympic Committee had to resolve to fire the artistic director of the show over a Holocaust joke dating back more than 20 years. “Kentaro Kobayashi, who is a member of the production of the opening ceremony, in his past as an actor, during an artistic performance, made remarks mocking a painful historical event, the Shoah. We could only dismiss him from his post“said Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo Olympic committee, although Kentaro Kobayashi apologized in a statement.

This dismissal is not the first. A month ago, the president of Tokyo-2020 and former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, himself had to leave office for sexist remarks.

Unpopular with a large part of the Japanese population who fears that the event will aggravate the health crisis in the country, the Olympics have still started, the sports teams have started the events after their mandatory quarantine. At least those who can.

91 athletes and coaches are confined in the Olympic Village after being tested positive for Covid-19. Some even had to forfeit. Positive, isolated, they will not have time to be ready for their competition. The latest is Russian swimmer and European champion in the 400m individual medley Ilya Borodin.

And while the first distinguished guests like Jill Biden, First Lady of the United States, arrive for the opening ceremony, Tokyo learned this morning that Guinea had decided to cancel its visit due to the upsurge in contamination. It is the second country to give up coming to the 2021 Olympics, after North Korea in April. In total, therefore, 205 countries will parade on Friday during the opening ceremony.

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