Is there a medal on offer for cultural faux pas?
The Spanish basketball players who made "slitty-eyed" faces for the photographers have reacted with a combination of contrition and hurt feelings; it was simply a gesture of "affection, friendliness and recognition".
And now the torch of affection has been passed to the Argentine women's football team, who would appear to have been reading from the same joke book.
The International Olympic Committee has expressed its displeasure, which has been echoed in much of Europe and North America. But in Asia, home to most of the people who might be seen as targets for this casual racism, the response has been rather more laid back...
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