'How the hell': US team member's Nazi 'joke' sparks Olympic outrage

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The Tokyo Olympic rings.
US Team chiropractor Rosie Gallegos-Main apologised after an insensitive social media post comparing the Covid-19 protocols in the Olympic village to a 'Nazi' regime. (Getty Images)

There has been uproar towards the US Team after a long-term member has apologised for comparing the Covid-19 protocols in the Olympic village to the 'Nazi' regime on social media.

Rosie Gallegos-Main has been working as a chiropractor with the US wrestling team since 2009, but an insensitive joke about Covid-19 in Tokyo prompted calls for strong repercussions.

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The Tokyo Olympic Games has been rocked before the opening ceremony has even taken place with surging Covid-19 cases causing chaos in the village.

This appeared to have perturbed the long-time chiropractor who took aim at the protocols in place that are meant to be protecting the athletes and staff.

But, in the now-deleted post, Gallegos-Main compared the protocols to a strict regime and made an insensitive 'Nazi' joke.

“We went from ‘Flattening the curve in 14 days’ to ‘Going door-to-door to see your papers’ ... Gotta admit, I did N-A-Z-I that one coming,” the post read.

Gallegos-Main deleted her post hours after, apologised and said she “did not put any thought into how the ending of the meme might affect others” and says she was placing “an emphasis on coercion by authorities, rather than anything to do with Germany and the Jewish people.”

“I now see that these are linked and can’t be separated.

“I will never use this word again in any form that does not have a proper foundation for its usage, such as in a history lesson or in educating people about the past.

“I’m deeply saddened by this and wish to apologise for my poor judgment and my choice to share this message. I am also sorry that this may have been a distraction for the delegation which should be focused on supporting our athletes to the best of our ability.”

The US Team responded to the furore and said: “The USOPC does not condone or tolerate any behaviour that intentionally offends or attacks others."

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The US Team said Gallegos-Main will remain in Tokyo and help prepare the wrestling team in her third Olympic Games.

However, many fans of the Olympics felt a harder punishment should have been handed down for the lack of judgement.

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So far, seven international athletes have tested positive for Covid-19 in Tokyo, but many more have been linked to the Games.

A Chilean taekwondo star and a Dutch skateboarder were also the first to be definitely ruled out of the Games as a result.

This follows news on Wednesday that the head of the Tokyo Olympics organising committee hadn't ruled out cancelling the Games if Covid-19 cases spike.

with AP

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