A chiropractor who worked with the U.S. team wrestling team apologized for comparing existing coronavirus agreements Tokyo 2020 To Nazi Germany.
Her post was flagged by two social media platforms as spreading misinformation and was quickly deleted after the Associated Press notified the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) of the nature of the comment.
“We went from’flattening the curve in 14 days’ to’looking at your papers from house to house’… I must admit, I did the Nazis, and that’s coming,” Rosie Gallegos-Main posted on her Facebook with Instagram Last week’s profile.
In a letter to the American Wrestling Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee on Wednesday, Gallegos-Main apologized for “poor judgment and my choice to share this information.”
Chiropractor, her third Olympic Games Working with the U.S. team, adding that her comments were meant to emphasize the “coercion of the authorities”, not to mock the ordeals the Jews experienced under the Nazi regime.
“I now see that these are interconnected and cannot be separated,” she wrote. “I will never use this term in any form without proper use of the foundation, such as in a history class or educating people about the past tense.
“I am deeply saddened by this and hope to apologize for my misjudgment and my choice to share this information. I am also sorry that this may have distracted the delegation. The delegation should focus on supporting our athletes to do so. The best of our ability.”
Gallegos Maine is not a member of the US delegation recognized in Tokyo. He has worked with the US wrestling team since 2009 and will be allowed to end her stay in the Japanese team’s pre-Olympic training camp.
Social media posts condemned
In a strongly worded statement issued on Wednesday, USOPC condemned the two social media posts.
“USOPC will not condone or tolerate any intentional offense or offensive behavior,” it said.
“The post shared by this volunteer was totally inconsistent with our values, and we made it clear to her as soon as we realized it.”
USOPC added that Gallegos-Main will receive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) training.
The statement continued: “As her prompt cancellation of sharing and apology demonstrated, she has shown obvious remorse and is committed to the education process with DE&I experts.”
“USOPC will work with USA Wrestling to give her access to educational resources and understand the common global goal of our organization, which is to build a better and more inclusive world through sports.”
Approximately 22,000 athletes, coaches and media traveled to Japan to participate in the Olympics and live under strict COVID protocols, which include daily testing and mandatory wearing of masks.
Strict COVID protocol
Athletes must eat alone and cannot talk to teammates, coaches or other athletes in an enclosed space.
By Wednesday, organizers had reported 79 cases of the Olympics-related coronavirus in Japan, while several other athletes had tested positive at home and were unable to travel.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, as of Thursday morning, Japan has reported more than 853,000 coronavirus cases and more than 15,000 deaths.
Although compared with other countries, the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus is relatively small, but Japan is hindered by the slow introduction of vaccines. Japanese authorities said on Monday that 21.6% of the country’s 126 million people have been fully vaccinated.
The head of the World Health Organization admitted in a speech on Wednesday that it is impossible to completely eliminate the risk of the coronavirus and that the Tokyo Olympics should not be judged by the number of new coronary pneumonia cases.
“The sign of success is to ensure that any cases are identified, isolated, tracked and taken care of as soon as possible, and interrupted to continue transmission,” WHO Director General Tedros said at the International Olympic Committee meeting.