It seems that some the coverage of the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony on Friday didn't quite go to plan...
After "inappropriate" images were aired by a TV network...
Who have since issued an apology.
It's safe to say, it has left the internet shocked.
Scroll on to find out what happened...
Now, as we all know the COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to a complete standstill over the last eighteen months, delaying the 2020 Olympics.
In an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus, many major countries across the world went into a lockdown.
Throughout 2020 and 2021, restrictions have been in place for many places.
Restrictions that limit social contact to hopefully slow the spread of the virus.
And, as a result of this...
via: GettyMany major events and large social gatherings have had to be canceled or postponed.
Music festivals all over the world have been affected.
Including the infamous Coachella, which will now take place in 2022.
Many major sporting events also took a hit.
The UEFA European Football Championship should have been played in 2020, but was instead postponed until last month.
But the most shocking cancelation of them all has been the Olympics.
via: GettyThe highly anticipated Olympic Games takes place once every 4 years in different major cities across the world.
2016's Olympic Games were hosted in the vibrant city of Rio De Janeiro...
And in 2020, it was Japan's turn to host the prestigious sporting event.
The anticipation for Tokyo 2020 was high...
Japan's capital has previously successfully hosted the Olympics on 2 other occasions, so people were incredibly excited for a long summer of sporting events.
However, sadly the coronavirus outbreak put peoples excitement on pause...
As with all large social gatherings and sporting events being hastily canceled, officials behind the games decided to postpone the event by one whole year.
At the time, the organizers of Tokyo 2020 and the IOC said in a joint statement:
"The unprecedented and unpredictable spread of the outbreak has seen the situation in the rest of the world deteriorating... The IOC president and the prime minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community."
Understandably, many people were left completely devastated by the decision...
Millions of people all over the world were geared up for a summer of sports.
But it is the athletes who were hit the hardest with the news.
Thousands of athletes who had qualified to take part in the games were left heartbroken by the delay.
But thankfully, the Olympics are now underway...
The Games began on July 23, 2021 and will continue until August 8, 2021.
Strict precautions and restrictions are in place at the Games which includes requiring athletes to have daily saliva tests.
Additionally, everyone at the Games is required to wear a mask and spectators have been barred from most Olympic events.
Its safe to say, its a very different Olympics to what has ever been experienced before...
But, many are just relieved to see it take place.
Last week, saw the opening ceremony take place...
And although it appeared to go smoothly, there was actually was actually something that went very wrong...
A TV networks coverage of the ceremony used what has now been deemed as "inappropriate" photos and captions to refer to countries competing in the games.
And people have a lot to say about it online...
Greek here. What image did they use for a Greece I am wondering! I can see why some feel insulted but it’s quite funny too! We should not take everything very seriously in life…— Kostas Tasoulis (@TasoulisKostas) July 24, 2021
Nationalism has never been a joke, and will never be!!— fixxx you (@ifeelcontented) July 24, 2021
Someone sat down and came up with this idea, presented it probably during a meeting and those present agreed and thought it would be fun. This goes through a number of people and no one thought to stop it before airing??😒— Emy ⚖️ (@Aghaseforgot7) July 23, 2021
What was Canada? Maple syrup?— Brian J. Kim (@jhbriankim) July 23, 2021
The people working for the South Korean broadcaster MBC have very little knowledge and no taste.— Alex Kokcharov (@AlexKokcharov) July 24, 2021
Did they literally just pick whatever the first picture was that popped up on Google when they did an image search for the country?— Kevin Roberts (@ripkevinroberts) July 23, 2021
Dragging every country to show everyone that "Hei my country is better than yours in so many ways. We're the best".— Amarylis (@AmarylisSofya) July 25, 2021
What they did to Ukraine and Haiti is unforgivable. They crossed the line!
I need to see the thread of all the countries images cuz now im curious about this circus for every country.— GOT💚7 🎶🎤 🌴ALBEOM (@GOT7Smiles) July 23, 2021
South Korean TV network, MBC's coverage of the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony drew criticism after it aired "inappropriate" photos and captions to refer to countries competing in the games.
The broadcaster showed a photograph of Chernobyl, the site of the 1986 nuclear power plant disaster, as Ukraine's athletes entered the stadium, Agence France-Presse reports.
They also showed picture of a pizza when representatives for Italy's entered...
They ran a picture of...Dracula alongside Team Romania last night. *facepalm* pic.twitter.com/7GYtZoo7iG— Hyunsu Yim (@hyunsuinseoul) July 24, 2021
Salmon was shown for Norway, sushi for Japan, a scene of unrest for Haiti, and a depiction of the fictional Dracula for Romania, as per Reuters.
After drawing masses of criticism online MBC issued an apology saying:
We apologize to the countries concerned and our viewers. It is an inexcusable mistake. Again, we are deeply sorry and regretful for the mistake.— withMBC (@withMBC) July 24, 2021
July 24, 2021
"MBC used inappropriate images and captions to introduce some countries during the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony on July 23. We sincerely apologise to the countries concerned and the viewers."
What do you think of their actions?