A sports commentator in Greece was fired after making an on-air, off-the-cuff comment about a South Korean athlete at the Tokyo Olympics.
The remark made by Dimosthenis Karmiris was in reference to table tennis player Jeoung Young-sik – more specifically, the shape of his eyes.
“Their eyes are narrow so I can’t understand how they can see the ball moving back and forth,” Karmiris said with a laugh when asked about the skill of South Korean table tennis players, according to the Associated Press.
Karmiris made the comment after Young-sik beat Panagiotis Gionis of Greece in the third round of the men’s singles match.
ERT Television posted a statement on its website several hours after the guest commentator’s observation was uttered.
“Racist comments have no place on public television,” it read.
“The collaboration between ERT and Dimosthenis Karmiris was terminated today, immediately after the morning show.”
Jeoung beat Gionis 7-11, 11-7, 8-11, 10-12, 12-10, 11-6, 14-12.