Asian American Olympians and Olympic hopefuls speak out against anti-Asian hate | USA TODAY



Asian American US Olympians and Olympic hopefuls use their platform as athletes to bring awareness to anti-Asian hate.


Not even athletes who represent the United States are spared the anti-Asian hate that has become so prevalent throughout the country.

Sakura Kokumai, who has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in karate, and Yul Moldauer, a favorite to make the men’s gymnastics team, both said Wednesday they have been the targets of racism in recent weeks. Kokumai was born in Japan, and Moldauer was adopted from South Korea as a baby.

“I’m not trying to get anyone to say sorry or the pity or anything towards me,” Moldauer said during the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s media summit. “I’m just trying to bring awareness for everyone, because I know I have a platform and I can use it.”

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