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Athletes to put on medals by themselves
Athletes at the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games will put the medals around their necks by themselves in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The “very significant change” to the traditional medal ceremonies was revealed on Wednesday by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach. “The medals will not be put around the neck. They will be presented on a tray and the athletes will then take the medals from it,” said Bach. “The person who will put the medal on the tray will wear disinfected gloves so that the athletes can be sure nobody touched it before,” added Bach. He also confirmed that there would be no handshakes and hugs during the ceremonies in Tokyo. Olympic medals are usually presented by an IOC member or by a leading official in a sport’s governing body.
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