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    News "Slovenly snowboarder barred from opening ceremony and nearly kicked out of games

    The dreadlocked 21-year-old drew sharp criticism for the way he wore Japan's official Olympic uniform when he traveled with the snowboard team to Vancouver and was not allowed to attend an arrival ceremony at the Olympic athletes' village held Wednesday.

    Kokubo was seen at Narita International Airport with his tie loosened and his shirt hanging out of his trousers, which were worn low down off his hips.

    The Ski Association of Japan was leaning toward kicking Kokubo out of the games altogether but Hashimoto persuaded the association to allow him to compete.
    In English
    http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-b...0100214a1.html


    Kokubu's so-what attitude, saying "I reflect on myself," stretching the ending of the word (i.e., a joking tone) at a press conference, fueled the fire.......One of CEOs of Skating Association of Japan and the vice-president of the Japanese Olympian Team, Mr. Yukio Kasahara, also suggested that he would resign from the position and kick out Kokubo as well.
    In Japanese
    http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20...000239-sph-spo

    Picture of "slovenly" Kokubo arriving at the airport
    http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-b...0100214a1.html

    Are there any dress codes when olympians travel? Why does this have to result in not only barring him from opening ceremony but also kicking him out of the games and resignation of a CEO?
    Last edited by Bennett; 02-15-2010 at 01:56 AM. Reason: grammar

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