Olympics: Tokyo Games opening ceremony director fired over old Holocaust skit

Olympics: Tokyo Games opening ceremony director fired over old Holocaust skit

TOKYO (AFP) – Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony show director Kentaro Kobayashi has been fired over a decades-old comedy skit referencing the Holocaust, organisers said Thursday (July 22), in the latest blow for the pandemic-delayed Games.

“It came to light that during a past performance, (he) used language that mocked a tragic fact of history,” Tokyo 2020 Olympic chief Seiko Hashimoto told reporters.

“The organising committee has decided to relieve Kobayashi of his post,” she added.

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