Julyana Al-Sadeq of Jordan and Lady Gaga. Picture: Reuters/Murad Sezer/Instagram
Julyana Al-Sadeq of Jordan and Lady Gaga. Picture: Reuters/Murad Sezer/Instagram

Olympic athlete a Lady Gaga lookalike

By Jamal Grootboom Time of article published Jul 26, 2021

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With all eyes currently on the Tokyo Olympics, Lady Gaga stans, Little Monsters, couldn’t help but notice that one of the Taekwondo athletes bears a striking resemblance to Mother Monster.

Julyana Al-Sadeq of Jordan competed in the Taekwondo Women's Welterweight 57-67kg category against Milena Titoneli Guimaraes of Brazil on Monday.

However, it was her uncanny resemblance to the “Chromatica” star that got the attention of Little Monsters.

Taking to social media, poplar Twitter fan page Gaga Daily took a screenshot of Julyana asking “Why is Lady Gaga at the Olympics?“

Fans quickly jumped in on the joke and decided to run with it on Twitter.

Following the postponement of the Olympic Games due to the coronavirus pandemic, Toyko 2020 opened sans the usual pomp and ceremony reserved for the world’s grandest show of athletic prowess and human endurance, with only a fraction of participating athletes in an almost empty stadium.

The director of the Games’ opening and closing ceremonies was given the boot last Wednesday, just two days before kick-off the grand event, over a past Holocaust joke.

Kentaro Kobayashi was lambasted by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a US-based Jewish rights NGO, over his use of the phrase “Let’s play Holocaust” in a 1998 comedy show.

Days earlier, Keigo Oyamada, one of the composers for the Games’ opening ceremony, resigned after public criticism over his past bullying of children with disabilities.

As Kobayashi battled to get his foot out of his mouth, the Norwegian women’s beach volleyball team added their spike to the fight against sexism by refusing to wear bikini bottoms during matches.

They refused to come up short(s) against their male counterparts and declared that what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

This could be seen as the first cover-up in a beleaguered Games that is hedging its bets on TV and streaming coverage, albeit from empty stadiums, to beat the massive daily audience of 27.5 million global viewers, set by the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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