TV station’s boo-boo


SEOUL: A major South Korean broadcaster apologised for using offensive images and captions to describe participating countries during the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony on Friday night.

Coronavirus restrictions meant a stripped back celebration with the traditional delegations of athletes masked and far smaller than usual, ranging from just a handful of people to a few dozen.

MBC – one of the largest national television networks – used images of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster for Ukraine, a riot for Haiti and a promotional bitcoin poster for El Salvador when each nation entered the stadium.

The broadcaster issued an apology following the opening ceremony, saying “inappropriate images and captions were used to introduce some countries.”

“We apologise to those countries including Ukraine and our viewers,” it said.

For some countries, the descriptions were more gastronomic, with images of pizza for Italy, sushi for Japan, and salmon for Norway.

In the captions, the network described the Marshall Islands as “a former nuclear test site for the United States” and Haiti as a country “with an unstable political situation due to the assassination of its president”. — AFP

Horse has bad tooth day

TOKYO: Why the long face?

Simple. A puss-filled horse tooth has spelled the end of Victoria Max-Theurer’s Olympic dressage dreams.

The Austrian’s 11-year-old horse, Abegglen NRW, had been behaving strangely in training and, while the Olympic opening ceremony was under way on Friday night, a health check revealed a tooth infection.

“This news is a heavy setback for Victoria. We hope that Abegglen will feel better soon and that Victoria will continue on her path,” said Peter Mennel, of the Austrian Olympic Committee.

Max-Theurer’s teammates Christian Schumach and Florian Bacher will now compete only as individuals. — Reuters

Germans right here waiting

TOKYO: Germany’s entire road race team are still in a state of uncertainty at the Tokyo Games following cyclist Simon Geschke’s positive Covid-19 test, team officials said.

The 35-year-old, who has been vaccinated twice and was due to compete in yesterday’s road race, has been isolated but questions remain over the other eight team members – four men and four women – who were all staying at the same hotel, away from the Games Village.

“From these 12 individuals (including staff members) who were considered close contact, who will remain at the end will become clear during the day,” Germany’s team doctor Bernd Wolfarth said.

Geschke will remain in isolation for the next 10 days. — Reuters

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