Beijing Olympics: Second Spanish team photographed making 'slit-eyed' gesture
A second group of Spanish Olympic athletes has been photographed making “slit-eyed” gestures, threatening to overshadow the Beijing Games with a row over racial stereotyping.
By Matthew MooreLast Updated: 7:15AM BST 15 Aug 2008
The photo was discovered on the official website of the Spanish Tennis Federation
The latest photo to emerge shows Spanish women tennis players pulling the pose, apparently in anticipation of their Federation Cup match against China in April.
Pictures of the Spanish men’s and women’s basketball teams making the gesture, a crude impersonation of Chinese people, were published in adverts in Spanish newspapers earlier this week.
The photos, which were reprinted around the world, added to Spanish sport's poor reputation for racial sensitivity.
The latest image appears to show players in Spain’s Federation Cup team doing the “slit-eyed” gesture along with members of their support staff. There is no suggestion that they intended to cause offence.
Llagostera Vives, Medina Garrigues and Suarez-Navarro are all competing at the Games in Beijing.