Tokyo Olympics: China slams news agency for posting 'ugly' picture of athlete; netizens hit back

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Jul 29, 2021, 05:39 PM(IST)

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China's Hou Zhihui claimed a gold medal on the very first day of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in the women's 49kg weightlifting event.

A photo of weightlifting gold medallist Hou Zhihui captured by Reuters has angered China. Chinese diplomats and a media house have slammed the news agency for showing an 'ugly' photo among all clicked in the game. 

China's Hou Zhihui claimed a gold medal on the very first day of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in the women's 49kg weightlifting event.

She won the top prize after lifting an Olympic record total of 210 kilograms. Reuters posted a story on Hou's win on Twitter. The image used in the story left China fuming. 

The Chinese embassy in Sri Lanka tweeted: "Among all the photos of the games, @Reuters has chosen this one, which only shows how ugly they are.

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"Don’t put politics and ideologies above sports, and call yourself an unbiased media organisation. Shameless."

China's Global Times then published an article accusing Reuters of "unfairly targeting China", claiming the image was "widely regarded as disrespectful".

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Several netizens reacted to the Chinese embassy's tweet and lashed out at them for calling the image ugly. 

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Hou Zhihui was just 3 kilos shy of breaking the world record. However, she said that she did not care about the record and wanted to enjoy the Games. 

“I just wanted to enjoy the Games. I don’t care about the world record or something,” she said.

“I just want to be myself, be all of myself.”

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