Gymnastics Ireland apologizes after Black athlete is snubbed at medal ceremony

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The governing body for gymnastics in Ireland has issued an apology after a video resurfaced appearing to show a judge ignoring the only Black girl at a medal ceremony last year. 

A now-viral video of the March 2022 incident has sparked outrage across social media and prompted a response from U.S. Olympic champion Simone Biles. The clip shows the judge placing medals around children’s necks one-by-one, but then skipping over the Black girl and continuing to address the other children. In the video, the Black girl is shown smiling at first, but then appears confused after the judge passes her by. The judge has not been publicly identified.

“What happened on the day should not have happened and for that we are deeply sorry,” Gymnastics Ireland said in a statement Monday. “We are also sorry that what has happened since that date has caused further upset.”

The statement continued: “Please know that at all times we have been acting in good faith and with the best of intentions in trying to resolve this very difficult and sensitive matter. We offered an in-person apology after the incident as we believed this was the best approach. Subsequently we felt mediation was the best way forward.”