#SouthKoreaRacist topped the trending topic of Twitter Indonesia and several other countries. It started from Javad Foroughi from Iran successfully captured the gold medal from the sport of shooting 10 meters water pistol Putra. But unfortunately this success was ridiculed by South Korean athlete Jin Jong-oh. The Ginseng Country athlete questioned the reliability of Foroughi, whom he called a ‘terrorist’. In addition, Jin also questioned the IOC (International Olympic Committee) which allowed Foroughi to participate.
“How can a terrorist be the ultimate winner? This is the strangest and funniest thing,” Jin Jong-oh said as quoted from Metro.co.uk from the Korean Times report. Jin’s statement became controversial and mandate the debate of many parties. Until finally, the South Korean shooting legend apologized for his remarks via social media.
“I apologize for causing controversy with inappropriate comments during an interview with the media when I returned to Incheon Airport. I deeply reflect on it, and I apologize to Forughi who was hurt by my statement,” Jin Jong-oh said.
Although he has issued an apology, but because of his actions it appears #SouthKoreaRacist that echoed on various social media, especially Twitter.
Jin Jong-oh himself is not a new name in the world of shooting sports. A number of genre shooting sports events have been participated in. He won his first medal at the 2004 Olympics held in Greece. Competing in the men’s 10-meter pistol and the men’s 50-meter free pistol, he took home a silver medal.
His achievements were further recognized when he won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He won the men’s 50-meter pistol gold medal, not only that, in the men’s 10-meter pistol he also won a silver medal.
Jin Jong-oh also participated in the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics. In 2012 he won 2 gold medals, while in 2016 he won 1 gold medal. In fact, he was crowned as the first shooting athlete to compete in the Olympic games for 5 consecutive years from 2004 to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.