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TV commentator makes incredibly racist remark about South Korean table tennis player at Olympics


A sports commentator in Greece who made an on-air remark about a South Korean athlete at the Tokyo Olympics who said the station described as racist was fired, the country’s public broadcaster said on Tuesday.

ERT TV said it has ended its collaboration with veteran journalist Dimosthenis Karmiris as a guest commentator following comments he made after Jeoung Youngsik beat Greece’s Panagiotis Gionis in men’s table tennis .

Asked about the skills of South Korean table tennis players, Karmiris said that “their eyes are narrow, so I don’t understand how they can see the ball moving back and forth.”


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Jeoung Youngsik, pictured in action at the Olympics on Wednesday, was the subject of racist comments from a Greek television commentator who was fired.

Several hours later, ERT posted a statement on its website.

“Racist comments have no place on public television,” ERT said in the statement. “The collaboration between ERT and Dimosthenis Karmiris ended today, immediately after the morning show.”

Jeoung beat Gionis 7-11, 11-7, 8-11, 10-12, 12-10, 11-6, 14-12. Jeoung lost a quarterfinal game on Wednesday.

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