A PROTESTER posing as a journalist gate-crashed today’s official IOC media conference, shouting: “F*** the Tokyo Olympics!”
A man claiming to work for Yahoo managed to ask a question at the end of the online press conference set up to discuss the findings of the International Olympic Committee Executive Board meeting.
Unusually president Thomas Bach was not on the call this time but it was held instead by his official spokesperson Mark Adams.
Identifying as David O’Brien, the man unfurled a black-and-white banner on camera which read: “No Olympics in Tokyo.”
When he was summoned to ask a question by the moderator, he raged: “No Olympics anywhere! No Olympics anywhere!
“F*** the Olympics! We don’t want the Olympics anywhere.
“We don’t want the Olympics in LA. No Olympics in Tokyo. F*** the Olympics!”
Adams quickly asked for the video feed to be shut down and then responded: “On that great note, I’m sorry to disappoint you that it was me not the president today.
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“Obviously, it would have probably made that stunt a little bit more interesting. I am used to it so that’s fine.”
A group called 'NOlympics LA' claimed they carried out the protest, saying on Twitter: "We crashed the IOC’s press conference. Here's the video the IOC doesn't want you to watch #NOlympicsAnywhere #CancelTheOlympics."
It brought back memories of the time comedian Simon Brodkin posing as character Lee Nelson threw bundles of fake dollars up in the air during then-Fifa president Sepp Blatter's news conference in Zurich in July 2015.
A petition calling for the cancellation of the Games has garnered more than 300,000 signatures and according to a recent poll, nearly 60 per cent of people in Japan don’t want the Games to take place this summer.
Aside from the publicity stunt, the IOC insist the Tokyo Olympics will happen on schedule and there will be no postponement or cancellation.
The Japanese capital is under a state of emergency and there has been a surge in recent Covid cases.
We are moving full ahead. We continue to plan for the Games and it is the only way it can be. We are confident we can deliver.
More than 7,800 athletes have secured their berths for Tokyo – about 70 per cent of quota places now allocated.
Adams said: “We are fully concentrating on delivering an excellent Games, which will bring the world together.
“We are moving full ahead. We continue to plan for the Games and it is the only way it can be. We are confident we can deliver.
“Looking at the test events and other international events around the world the Games can and will go ahead.”
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