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Brazil suspends 3 gymnasts for comments to black teammate

22 May 2015, 10:19

Sao Paulo - The Brazilian gymnastics confederation has suspended three athletes for comments made to a black teammate that were caught on video.

Also read: Top-ranked Serena Williams withdraws from Italian Open

The confederation says it decided to suspend the three members of the men's team for 30 days, or until a final ruling is reached in the case.

The confederation says the suspension of Arthur Nory Mariano, Fellipe Arakawa and Henrique Flores takes effect on Thursday. They are banned from entering any national or international competition, and lose their rights to any financial incentives they might have been receiving.

In the video, the gymnasts were seen telling 18-year-old teammate Angelo Assumpcao, who is black, that a smartphone's screen is white when it works and black when it doesn't, and that supermarket bags are white and trash bags are black.

- AP


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