Olympic Commentator Fired Over Racist Comment About South Korean Athlete

An Olympic commentator has been fired for making a racist comment about a South Korean athlete. 
Credit: ERT TV & @jeoung_youngsik/Instagram

An Olympic commentator has been fired for making a racist comment about a South Korean athlete. 

Dimosthenis Karmiris, a Greek sports TV commenter, made the remark about table tennis player Jeoung Young-sik’s eyes.

Laughing, he said: “Their eyes are narrow so I can’t understand how they can see the ball moving back and forth.”

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After reviewing the incident, ERT television has confirmed the veteran journalist has been fired.

In a statement, the network said: “Racist comments have no place on public television.

“The collaboration between ERT and Dimosthenis Karmiris was terminated today, immediately after the morning show.”

This isn’t the only Olympics scandal that has taken place over the last few days.

Earlier this week, several commentators came under fire for ‘misgendering’ the Game’s first openly non-binary competitor.

Alana Smith, from Arizona, was referred to as ‘she/her’ by multiple networks and commentators at the games, despite having their chosen pronouns emblazoned on their skateboard.

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A Greek commentator made a racial remark about Olympian Jeoung Young-sik. Credit: @jeoung_youngsik/Instagram

The incident was dubbed ‘journalistic malpractice’ by hundreds on Twitter.

BBC reporter Tom Warwood wrote: “Marc Churchill also needs to be informed if it was him commentating. Alana Smith was constantly misgendered last night. An apology would be great.”

Another tweeted: “This is journalistic malpractice. No one should have to be misgendered on an international stage like this. Sports don’t know what to do with the non-binary athletes.

“Shoutout to Alana Smith, the first openly non-binary athlete to represent the US in the Olympic Games.”

“Why do the announcers keep misgendering Alana Smith??? They literally have ‘they/them’ on their skateboard,” a third fumed.

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.