Lost in translation? Athlete in trouble after social media post

Lykhova Olga, from Ukraine, the 2019 European Championships 800m Bronze medallist, does her hair during an interview in Iten, Elgeyo-Marakwet County on May 17, 2020. This is after she fell in trouble on social media after she tweeted about her braided hair and stay in Kenya. She claimed her tweet was in Russian but was mistranslated by Google, and she apologized to all those offended by the tweet. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Many of the athletes are training once as one way of keeping fit for various competitions next season
  • Angry Kenyans on Twitter lash out at Ukraine’s 800m runner Lyakhova who appeared to denigrate the country
  • The athlete said she had been misunderstood following a misinterpretation by Google Translator and asked Kenyans to forgive her

Coronavirus pandemic has halted sports competitions and international travels globally, forcing a number of foreign athletes training in Kenya to remain in their rented houses as they wait for a return to normalcy.


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