Olympic officials have warned Tokyo athletes to hug each other if they are invited to the podium to accept a medal.
After winning medals in some swimming competitions at the awards ceremony on Sunday, the International Olympic Committee reminded the winners of the COVID-19 protocol.
IOC spokesman Mark Adams said, “We urge everyone to abide by the rules, regardless of who your stakeholder is,” adding that this should be for sports and everyone involved. It is necessary.”
Athletes were also told to wear their masks, stay on their podiums and keep a safe distance from other medalists.
“It sends a strong message so please follow the playbook. We understand that there is excitement and we feel for the players but unfortunately, we have had to tighten the rules,” Adams said in a statement. Said
Among those who violated the rules was American gold medalist swimming chase college, who took off his veil and embraced silver medalist Geo Lerland after making it to the men’s 400m medley.
“Ideally, I would wear it as much as possible. If I took off the mask on the podium, it was really because someone had a sign. ” Told ESPN.
“I can’t speak for what proper protocol was, but he had a sign on the podium that said be masked, masked, so that’s what we did.”
A dozen swimmers from the 4x100m relay medal winning teams from Australia, Canada and the United States also hugged each other after Sunday’s final.
In Japan, Olympic organizers reported 127 COVID-19 cases this month, including 14 athletes.
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