Olympic athletes to wear their own medals at Tokyo ceremonies – The Denver Post

TOKYO – Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics will put their medals around their necks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.

The “very significant change” to the traditional medal ceremonies in the 339 events was revealed on Wednesday by the president of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach.

“The medals will not be given around the neck,” Bach told international media on a conference call from Tokyo. “They will be presented to the athlete on a platter, and then the athlete will take the medal himself.”

“We will make sure that the person who puts the medal on the platform does so only with disinfected gloves so that the athlete can be sure that no one has touched them before,” added Bach.

The Olympic approach is different from football in Europe where UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has personally hung medals around players’ necks in competition finals in recent weeks.

Ceferin also shook hands with Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma during the Euro 2020 medal and trophy presentation in London on Sunday. Donnarumma’s save in a penalty shootout saw Italy take the title against England.

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