Olympic athletes to put on own medals at Tokyo ceremonies

Andy Murray
Posted at 10:00 AM, Jul 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-14 10:55:27-04

TOKYO — Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics will put their medals around their own necks to protect against spreading the coronavirus.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach says it's a “very significant change” to traditional medal ceremonies.

Bach says medals "will be presented to the athlete on a tray and then the athlete will take the medal him or herself.”

Medals will be placed on a tray by a person wearing disinfected gloves. Medalists and ceremony officials will have to wear masks.

The change is one of many precautions that the IOC is implementing with Tokyo under a state of emergency due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

The IOC also announced last week that no spectators will be allowed into any venues during the Summer Games, including at the opening ceremony.

Tokyo Olympics Medal Count as of early July 29, 2021