African Athlete Becomes Latest Victim Injured As Italy’s Racism Crisis Looms

Italy Osakue Injury

Discus thrower Daisy Osakue talks with reporters outside a hospital in Turin, Italy, Monday, July, 30 2018. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)

ROME (AP) — An ethnic Nigerian, Italian athlete, wounded in the eye by an egg hurled from a passing car, is the latest known victim of a rash of attacks in Italy linked to possible racism.

Italy’s anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini dismissed as “nonsense” concerns Monday about a “racism emergency in Italy.”

Discus thrower Daisy Osakue, who was born in Italy to Nigerian parents and competes on Italy’s national track-and-field team, thinks she was mistaken for one of the African prostitutes who work on the street she was crossing early Monday in Turin. Osakue, 22, needs surgery to remove eggshell from her eye.

At least recent six attacks are under investigation for possible racist motives. In one, a Roma baby was paralyzed when shot by an Italian on his balcony in Rome.

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