Emanuele Lambertini, who competed at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, posted the now-deleted photo this Friday while in Kyoto, Japan for the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup.
He captioned the image with the following words (translated from Italian):
Here’s how I feel after eating 🍣🍚🍜 for a week…but at least it was worth it!! 🥈in the individual sword after a super race 💪 Now head back to the foil competitions of the next two days💪💪🔝
Instagram commenters were almost universally critical of Lambertini’s post, with most users expressing their anger and shock at his ignorance and racism.
Many sought to bring the matter to the attention of the Olympic and Paralympic Games’ organizers by tagging their official accounts, with many calling for Lambertini’s banning from the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Jimmy O. Yang, actor who played Bernard Tai in “Crazy Rich Asians” and Jian Yang in the T.V. show Silicon Valley, condemned Lambertini’s actions in an instagram post.