Italian Gymnast Says She Plans To Paint Her Skin Black So That She Can Win Next Year

An Italian gymnast is now at the center of outrage after making racist comments, claiming that the sport’s first black world champion only won because of the color of her skin.

Simone Biles, 16, has recently made gymnastic history after becoming the new all-around world champion this past Friday.

But just moments after receiving her victory, Carlotta Ferlito, who finished in fifth place, told reporters that she had joked with one of her teammates saying that they should paint their skin black the next time and they might win the competition.

The 18-year-old Italian gymnast told interviewers, “I told Vanny (Ferrari) that next time we should also paint our skin black, so then we could win too.”

On Tuesday, Ferlito issued an apology via Twitter: “I want to apologize to the Americans girls. I didn’t want to sound rude or racist. I love Simone and I’m a huge fan of USA gymnastics.” She also added, “I’ve made a mistake, I’m not perfect… I didn’t think about what I was saying. I’m just a human. I’m so sorry.”

But it seems that things have now gotten worse after an official of the Italian team tried to justify her comments in a public post that was pend to his Facebook, according to the Chicago Tribune.

USA Gymnastics has demanded that there be an explanation given of subsequent comments that were made by an Italian Gymnastics official, David Ciaralli.

According to the Chicago Tribune, his statement read, “Carlotta was referring to a trend in gymnastics at this moment, which is going towards a technique that opens up new chances to athletes of color (well-known for power) while penalizing the more artistic Eastern European style that allowed Russians and Romanians to dominate the sport for years.”

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