One of the artistic directors of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony resigned this Thursday, one day before the event, for anti-Semitic jokes in a show in the 90s.
Kentaro Kobayashi, comedian and director, resigned from his post after comments that he now consider “inappropriate” were brought to light, confirmed the president of the Olympic Games, Seiko Hashimoto, at a press conference.
The new scandal surrounding the Games comes one day before the ceremony itself, following several protests against the involvement of the 48-year-old comedian, who has already apologized for the comments made “when I was young”.
The organizers are now discussing “how to manage the Opening Ceremony”, a process that “must be immaculate”, with Kobayashi in charge, until now, of general supervision of the three sections of the show, which joins the opening of the Games and the parade of nations.
This is not even the only controversy with the inaugural session, since just this week it was the designated composer, the musician Keigo Oyamada, known as Cornelius, to resign over a bullying scandal that he himself directed at people with disabilities.
Former Organizing Committee chairman Yoshiro Mori also stepped down after sexist remarks and creative director Hiroshi Sasaki resigned after comparing an actress to a pig.
Olympic Village already has 91 infected with covid-19
The number of covid-19 infected in the Olympic village went up to 91, after two more athletes tested positive, in a total of four residents now affected by the new coronavirus.
Skateboarder Candy Jacobs, from the Netherlands, and Czech tennis player Pavel Sirucek, had a positive result, so they were transferred to a hotel, where they will undergo quarantine.
In addition to the two sportsmen, “two employees at the Games” were also infected, and this category may involve coaches and officials of teams that stay at the complex in Tokyo Bay.
This number does not include athletes who tested positive at home – or on internships in Japan – prior to their scheduled trip to Tokyo, and who will miss the event.
On the eve of the event’s inauguration, Tokyo authorities counted 1979 new cases of covid-19, number which is the highest in more than six months.
The Japanese capital is currently experiencing its fourth state of emergency, which will last until August 22, covering the entire duration of the event.
Guinea Conakry withdraws from the Games due to pandemic
Meanwhile, Guinea-Conakry decided not to participate in the Olympic Games to safeguard the health of its athletes in the face of the pandemic.
“The Government of the Republic of Guinea, in order to preserve the health of Guinean athletes, decided with regret cancel participation Guinea in the 32nd Olympiad scheduled for Tokyo”, the Ministry of Sports said in a statement.
For several days, the departure of the Guinea-Conakry delegation was being postponed, although some athletes are already in Japan, having been announced that the delegation would leave this Wednesday for Tokyo, something that will no longer happen.
The Guinea-Conakry Olympic team was composed of the athlete Aissata Conte, the swimmers Mamadou Bah and Mariana Touré, the judoka Mamadou Samba Bah and the free fighter Fatoumata Camara, with the latter having resigned in recent days to participate in Tokyo2020 due to the non-payment of the prizes you have to receive, either for qualifying for the Games, or in other previous events.
The Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony is scheduled for this friday, at 20:00 local time (12:00 in Lisbon), at the Estádio Nacional, in the Japanese capital. The Olympic Games will be played until the 8th of August, after the postponement due to the pandemic.