BEIRUT — Lebanon’s Sports and Youth Minister has ordered an investigation into revealing photographs and a video in which the country’s Olympic skier is seen topless.
Faisal Karameh’s order was carried by Lebanon’s National News Agency on Tuesday, a day after a video appeared on the Internet showing Jacky Chamoun and another female Lebanese skier topless and posing for a photographer on the slopes of Lebanon’s mountain resort of Faraya.
Chamoun is one of two athletes competing for the Arab country in Sochi.
The 22-year-old skier acknowledged on her Facebook page that she posed for a photographer three years ago. She said the video and photos circulating were taken at a photo shoot for an Austria ski calendar.
“(It) wasn’t supposed to go public,” Chamoun wrote. “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 criticize this.”
Chamoun also asked for the video and photos not to be shared widely now that she is at the Olympics.
“It will really help me focusing on what is really important now: my trainings and race,” she said.
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