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Pizza for Italy, Dracula for Romania and Chernobyl for Ukraine. These were the pictures and captions used by a South Korean broadcaster to depict nations at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games. MBC has since apologised for offending viewers, after complaints the visuals were “offensive” and “ridiculous”. The channel said it wanted to make it easier for viewers to understand the entering countries quickly but said it was an “inexcusable mistake”. At a press conference on Monday, the channel’s CEO Park Sung-jae apologised, saying MBC had “damaged the Olympic values of friendship, solidarity and harmony”. “I bow my head and deeply apologise,” he said, adding that MBC would be putting “in all [their] effort to prevent another accident from happening”.

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