Olympic athlete from Lebanon, Jackie Chamoun, is now the talk of the town after a video of her posing naked, err topless, circulated online. The video showed Chamoun getting into position for photographs.
The country’s sports minister Faisal Karami called the Olympic committee and asked for an investigation, according to Lebanon’s National News Agency, hoping the images of Chamoun wouldn’t harm the country’s reputation.
After the backlash, Chamoun issued an apology on her Facebook page:
I just want to make it clear to everyone who commented, shared the photos that appeared on the net in Lebanon yesterday. Yes I did photos for an Austrian ski calendar with other professional athletes 3 years ago. The photos of the photoshoot are not like the actual images that are now circulating on the net. The video and photos that you are now seeing are part of the making off, the preparation, it wasn’t supposed to go public. Anyways, I want to apologize to all of you, I know that Lebanon is a conservative country and this is not the image that reflects our culture. I fully understand if you want to criticise this.
Now that I’m at the Olympic Games, these photos that I never saw before are being shared. It is sad. All I can ask to each of you who saw this, is to stop spreading it, it will really help me focusing on what is really important now: my trainings and race.