International Olympic Committee tweeted the first-ever torch relay coming into the Berlin stadium celebrating Nazi Germany internet hosting the 1936 Olympics.
- Associated Press Geneva
- Last Updated: July 25, 2020, 10:12 AM IST
The IOC apologised on Friday and deleted a Twitter message which some noticed as celebrating Nazi Germany’s internet hosting of the 1936 Olympics. Joining a message thread on Thursday one yr earlier than the Olympic cauldron is lit on the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games, the International Olympic Committee used its official account to tweet a movie concerning the first-ever torch relay coming into the Berlin stadium.
“We apologise to those that really feel offended by the movie of the Olympic Games Berlin 1936,” the IOC wrote on Friday. “We have deleted this movie, which was a part of the collection of movies that includes the message of unity and solidarity, from the @Olympics Twitter account.”
Replies to the IOC’s unique message on Thursday expressed shock by Twitter customers at broadcasting footage from the Berlin Games, and instructed the Olympic physique lacked consciousness of historical past. The official museum on the Auschwitz-Birkenau dying camp added its reply to the IOC within the message thread on Friday.
“For 2 weeks the Nazi dictatorship camouflaged its racist, militaristic character,” mentioned the Auschwitz museum’s verified account. “It exploited the Games to impress international spectators with a picture of a peaceable, tolerant Germany.”
The IOC’s message additionally included footage of Jesse Owens, the Black American who received 4 athletics gold medals in Berlin. Owens “taught a powerful lesson to the Nazi regime, shattering its despicable fascist claims of racial superiority,” the IOC wrote on Friday.
“We perceive that the movie concerning the Olympic Games Berlin 1936 which incorporates this story was not perceived on this means.” The apology follows a remark final week by the IOC’s German president, Thomas Bach, that there was “no cause to rewrite historical past at this second” about one in all his predecessors, Avery Brundage.
Brundage, the IOC president for 20 years till 1972, has lengthy been criticised for racist views and being a Nazi sympathizer on the Berlin Olympics the place he led the United States crew. The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, which homes an in depth assortment donated by Brundage, final month eliminated his bust from show.
The museum director described Brundage as “a hateful individual.”