- Japanese pole vaulter refutes allegations that his genitalia cost him a foul
- He hopes to use the notoriety he has gained on social media to raise interest in pole vaulting
- Fans world over Tweet their support for the athlete
(CNN)The last thing a competing athlete wants to see going viral on social media are allegations that his penis thwarted his Olympic dream. But that's what happened to Japanese pole vaulter Hiroki Ogita earlier this week.
"I have a lot of things to report. I have changed my account name and therefore lost my blue tick. I didn't think I'd get hassled this much by foreign media. I'm shocked this false information would be found amusing and spoken ill of so much," he said, in Twitter post on August 17.