Daisy Osakue, an Italian discus-thrower has left hospital after she was hit by an egg thrown from a car, she believes the attack was racially motivated. The Italian government is under fire after a black athlete was injured in the latest of almost a dozen suspected racist attacks since the anti-migrant administration came to power.
Miss Osakue, whose parents are originally from Nigeria, suffered damage to her cornea in the attack early on Monday in the Turin. The athlete, who has been studying in Texas, insists that she was targeted on purpose by attackers in a Fiat Doblo car as she walked home shortly after midnight. "They didn't want to attack me, as Daisy. They wanted to hit me as a young woman of colour. That's an area used by prostitutes and I was mistaken for one of them," she said, pointing out that there were other people in the area at the time but she was singled out.
The 22 year old is set to take part in the European Athletics Championships which get under way in Berlin on 7 August. She was concerned that the injury could affect her ability to compete. “I'll do all I can to be in Berlin,” she told reporters, adding that it was just an abrasion and after a few days and some eye drops she should be fine.
Police in Turin have cast doubt on a racist link, but the attack has inflamed a row surrounding populist Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. Mr. Salvini has rejected claims by political opponents of a "racism emergency". He argues that the only emergency he is fighting involves crimes by immigrants. Police said there had been other attacks involving eggs being thrown earlier in the month and did not suspect a racist link to the latest incident. Last week, three women in the Moncalieri area were targeted as they left a restaurant.
The attack on Daisy is the latest in the recent alarming rise in racist violence in Italy since the new populist government led the anti-establishment party Five Star Movement and far-right League took office in early June.