Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics will put their medals around their own necks to protect against spreading the coronavirus. The “very significant change” to traditional medal ceremonies in the 339 events was revealed on Wednesday by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach. Bach confirmed on Wednesday that in Tokyo “there will be no shake-hands and hugs there during the ceremony.” Olympic medals are typically presented by an IOC member or a leading official in a sport’s governing body. The IOC had previously said medalists and ceremony officials would have to wear masks. The Tokyo Olympics open on July 23 in a State of Emergency and rising numbers of Covid-19 cases in the city.
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