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Caretaker Youth and Sports Minister Faisal Karami telephoned on Tuesday the Lebanese Olympic Committee president Jean Hammam, and asked him to launch an investigation into the case of Lebanese Alpine Skier Jackie Chamoun.
This comes after media reports and social media websites posted a video and photos depicting Jackie (who’s currently competing at the Olympics in Sochi) posing topless.
Minister Karami also called for taking all the necessary procedures in order to protect Lebanon's reputation.
Jackie Chamoun, 22, is one of two athletes representing Lebanon at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Three years ago, she and fellow Lebanese Olympic skier Chirine Njeim, 29, posed for the annual Ski Instructors calendar at the Faraya ski resort.
The 2014 calendar has been out since November; but local media have been fiercely criticizing the young athlete, describing the photo shoot as scandalous.
Chamoun made her first public acknowledgment of the controversy on Tuesday, and apologized for offending her conservative supporters.
“I just want to make it clear to everyone who commented, shared the photos that appeared on the net in Lebanon yesterday. Yes I did photos for an Austrian ski calendar with other professional athletes 3 years ago,” Chamoun said on her Facebook page.
Chamoun added in the public message on her official page that the video and photos are part of the making off, and were not supposed to go public.
“Anyways, I want to apologize to all of you, I know that Lebanon is a conservative country and this is not the image that reflects our culture. I fully understand if you want to criticize this.”
In her message, Chamoun asked Lebanese citizens to stop sharing the images so that she may focus on her trainings and race.
In an interview that appeared on NBC online on the 30th of January, Chamoun seemed prepared to receive some criticism for the shoot; however, did not show any regret.
“People can sometimes see these pictures directly when surfing the web, and this is not the best image you can give someone about yourself, but, I don’t really care,” She said.
“I really enjoyed it and I don’t regret it. I like these photos,” Chamoun added.
This as a wave of solidarity overtook social media platforms in support of the young Lebanese athlete.
To watch Maytham Kassir's report, please click on the VIDEO above