Tokyo 2020 “Ax Opening Ceremony Musician for Blacks”


Latyr Sy

Latyr Sy

Musician claims he was cut from Olympic opening ceremony Since he was black, the organizers faced a third staffing in a week.

After being booked, Senegalese percussionist Latyr Sy, who has been based in Japan for 20 years, accused the organizers of racism and canceled his participation in Curtain Razor.

“It’s completely racist,” Sy said. Why this african? “

“I’ve seen a lot, I felt a lot, but this just doesn’t fit the Olympics. Why should I be silent?”

Tokyo 2020 We were unable to respond to a request for comment from the Telegraph regarding Friday’s allegations.

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Sy was booked by a third party for the December ceremony and sent a rehearsal schedule in April, but eventually from a public relations company, the organizer hired him based on his African heritage. I told the independent website that I refused.

He said he watched the rehearsal on TV and noticed that he scrapped another Senegalese musician for his section of the show to reappear.

“I just felt sad when I saw it,” he said. “I’m from a small island, a slave island called Gory. I’ve lived in this country for over 20 years and this scandalous Olympics … hurts,” he told the website, “Who’s blaming?” I’m not trying to do that, “he added.

Sy, who was also contacted by The Telegraph, had previously traveled abroad to play on behalf of the Japanese government.

The organizers faced by this week’s saga came after creative chief Hiroshi Sasaki resigned in March after suggesting that plus-sized comedian Naomi Watanabe could appear as the “Olympic”. ..

In February, Yoshiro Mori was forced to resign because he talked too much about women.

The event was already plagued by Covid-19 issues as the stands were almost empty due to the ban on spectators. Just 23 375 British athletes in Tokyo Appeared on Friday night.