TOKYO, Japan (NV) – The Tokyo Olympic Committee fired director Kentaro Kobayashi, the conductor of the opening ceremony on Thursday, July 22, for making jokes about the Holocaust tragedy during one of its comedy shows in 1998, according to Washington. Post.
Seiko Hashimoto, chair of the Olympic committee, said the day before the opening ceremony: “We discovered that Mr. Kobayashi, during a performance, used a phrase mocking a historical tragedy.”
“We sincerely apologize for letting this happen just a day before the opening ceremony and for causing trouble and concern to many stakeholders and people in Tokyo and the rest of the country. “.
Mr. Kentaro Kobayashi joked “Let’s play the Holocaust” in one of his comedy plays.
The opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday night.
The ceremony will be held without an audience as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, however, a number of officials, guests and the media will attend.
Many key figures of the Tokyo Tokyo 2020 congress have resigned recently.
Earlier this week, musician Keigo Oyamada, a Japanese, just resigned as composer for the opening and closing ceremonies of Tokyo 2020 after past stories of bullying and mocking people with disabilities appeared in the public. days before the Olympics officially started.
Previously, Yoshiro Mori, former Tokyo Olympics 2020 president and former prime minister, resigned in February after making sexist comments.
And yet, then, the head of the Tokyo Olympics, Hiroshi Sasaki, resigned in March after making offensive comments about a famous Japanese female artist.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics were postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and, now, the number of new infections in Tokyo has continued to increase in recent weeks. (MPL)
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