Tokyo Olympics director fired for ‘anti-Semitic jokes’

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Tokyo 2020 organizers announced on Thursday the resignation of the director of the Olympic opening ceremony, following news reports of his earlier comments about the “Holocaust.”

Tokyo 2020 president, Seiko Hashimoto, said at a press conference that Kentaro Kobayashi had been expelled over past comments that ridiculed the tragedy.

Japan’s Mainichi newspaper reported on Thursday about a statement from an Israeli organization based in the United States that condemned Kobayashi’s earlier comments.

According to the newspaper, Kobayashi was a member of the Japanese comedy group “Ramens”.

It is believed that Kobayashi took part in a satirical play in 1998, in which he made some “anti-Semitic jokes”.

Unfortunately, the bad news has been accompanying these Olympics for more than a year, especially as the Corona pandemic caused it to be postponed significantly and even imposed many changes in the mechanism of the organization.

And the Olympic organizers announced on Thursday that two athletes staying in the Olympic Village are infected with the emerging corona virus.

The organizers also announced the detection of 12 new cases of Covid-19 among people involved in the Olympics, including the two athletes, bringing the total number of injuries so far to 87.

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