Do-it-yourself medal ceremony at the Tokyo Games in the midst of a pandemic | Tokyo Olympic Games News

TOKYO: Olympic champions at the Tokyo Games starting next week may forget to have their medals hung around their necks as they stand on the podium, shaking hands with dignitaries and soaking up their success.
Instead, the three medals will be presented on a tray to the athletes on the podium and they will then have to hang them around their necks in front of the empty stands. There will also be no handshakes or hugs.

“The medals will not be given around the neck,” President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach told a virtual media roundtable on Wednesday.
“They will be presented to the athlete on a platform and the athlete will take the medal himself.”
“We will make sure that the person who will put the medal on the stage does it with disinfected gloves. The presenters and the athletes will wear a mask. There will be no handshakes and no hugs during the ceremony,” he added.

The host city, where a state of emergency was imposed until the end of the Games on August 8, recorded 1,149 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the most in nearly six months.
The Olympics have lost a lot of public support in Japan over fears that they will trigger a wave of infections even though no spectators will be allowed into sports venues and strict health measures are in place to protect them. all participants in the Games.

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