South Korean President Cancels Tokyo Olympics 2020 Visit After Questionable Remarks Were Made Against Him

Published 07/21/2021, 10:44 AM EDT
The giant Olympic rings are seen through a tree in the dusk at the waterfront area of Odaiba Marine Park, before the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games that have been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan July 8, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato


Controversies and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics seem to run hand-in-hand. From the COVID-19 outbreak to doping scandals, the Tokyo games has been marred with controversy even before beginning. 

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And now, a diplomatic blunder seems to have brought about some more trouble. South Korea and Japan have shared a fractured relationship over the past. 

And thanks to a Japanese diplomat, the relationship seems to have taken a turn for the worse. 

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South Korean Prez not to attend Tokyo Olympics

South Korean President Moon Jae-in was supposed to attend the Tokyo Olympics once it kicked off on July 23. But thanks to a comment made by a Japanese diplomat, those plans have gone up in the air.

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Moon was supposed to meet Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga during his visit to Japan. But a Japanese diplomat named Hirohisa Soma in Seoul made a disparaging comment which prompted the South Korean President to cancel his plans of attending the Tokyo Olympics. 

“President Moon is masturbating himself,” Soma told a reporter at a South Korean cable news station. “Japan does not have the time to care so much about the relationship between the two countries as South Korea thinks,” he added.

Tokyo 2020 Games Delivery Officer Hidemasa Nakamura, Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto and Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto attend a meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach (not pictured) at the Tokyo 2020 headquarters in Tokyo, Japan July 13, 2021. Takashi Aoyama/Pool via REUTERS

Following Soma’s statement, the Japanese ambassador reprimanded him for his “highly inappropriate” comments. The ambassador further added that the country was looking forward to improving relations with its neighbors. 

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“Regardless, we want to firmly communicate with the South Korean side … to bring the Japan-South Korean relationship to a sound place.”

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Japanese news outlet Kyodo News quoted an unnamed government source and said that the administration is likely to remove Soma from his role following the controversial remarks.

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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