Let The Games Begin

The Olympic Games are now officially open. The opening ceremony hasn’t even occurred, the Olympic torch is still doing its rounds but Team GB have won their first game in women’s football.

Well, we don’t like doing things in order do we? Despite the great win, race relations overshadowed the opening games today with two headlining stories.

The North Korean football team walked off the pitch at Glasgow’s Hampden Park today in protest over South Korea’s flag appearing on screen against one of their footballers. The error left the games organiser’s apologetic and highly embarrassed during a week of errors.

Greek triple jump champion Voula Papachristou was banned for posting a racist joke on twitter reminding athletes to tweet respectfully or not at all. The 23-year-old Papachristou had written that “with so many Africans in Greece, at least the mosquitoes of West Nile will eat homemade food”.

Let’s hope Day 2 is better…..

Bunty

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2 Comments to “Let The Games Begin”

  1. Just shocking! imagine how long the Olympic Organising Committee have had to get the flag right they are bumbling fools.

    I am so glad that the Greek athlete was banned: the rest of the civilised world will not tolerate racism even if Greece does.

  2. Obviously displaying the wrong flag is potentially offensive (and here it was) ,, but I love the way we Brits handled it! Even on Radio 4 the presenters were all “ooh do you think we’ll the flags right this time ho ho ho”. People need to relax about some mistakes, even embarrassing ones.

    The Greek girl’s comments are racist, and personally I am offended by it – there is no denying that it is offensive. But come on, she is 23 years old and she would have sent this tweet like a personal text message and not realising what impact it would have. Surely she can apologise and be made an example of in that way .. she will have worked so hard to get in her team to represent her country and to lose out on that opportunity for a stupid mistake is slightly over the top.

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