Finland declares Jewish athlete winner of Olympic race 75 years lateBy Mason White 5:11 PM October 8, 2013
|Abraham Tokazier crossing the finish line|
By: Eva Fett
A Jewish man, who really won an Olympic race after coming in at first place, was not declared the winner.
Many year later, the man was finally declared the winner, but not officially, according to Olympic officials in Finland.
Seventy-five years after the race, Finland has apologized for saying that the Jewish runner finished in fourth place in a race he clearly won.
Abraham Tokazier ran the 100 meter race in a national competition in Finland in 1938, at Helsinki Olympic Stadium. In a picture in a local newspaper the next day, he was seen crossing the finish line first.
The Finnish Athletics Federation said that any manipulation or falsification of results is “shocking and against the basic principles of sports.”
Federation President Vesa Harmaakorpi said: “I offer our humble apologies for this and for all of those who have suffered.”
The spokesperson said that international rules do not allow the results to be changed. Jewish groups have for years demanded to change the outcome.