Before the Tokyo Olympics, the IOC has decided that the players will wear their medals. This decision has been taken keeping in mind the coronavirus.
New Delhi: The medal winners at the Tokyo Olympics will have to put their own medals around their necks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach on Wednesday revealed "very significant changes" to the traditional medal ceremony of 339 events.
Players themselves will wear medals
"The medals will not be given around the neck," Bach told international media on a 'conference call' from Tokyo. "The medals will be presented to the player in a tray and then the athlete will carry the medal and put it around his neck," he said. "Also, it will be ensured that whoever places the medals in the tray will wear disinfected gloves and put them on the tray to ensure that no one touches the medals," Bach said.
Decision was taken to avoid corona
Great care is being taken at the Olympics to avoid infection with the coronavirus, while in football in Europe, UEFA President Alexandre Ceferin himself wore medals around players' necks in competition finals in recent weeks. Ceferin even shook hands with Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma during the Euro 2020 medal and trophy presentation ceremony in London on Sunday.
not even allowed to hug
Bach also confirmed on Wednesday that "no one will shake hands or hug anyone during the ceremony" in Tokyo. Olympic medals are usually awarded by an IOC member or a top official of the sports governing body. The IOC had earlier said that medal winners and ceremony officials would also have to wear masks.