The Tokyo Olympics have successfully been completed and fans, alongwith the athletes haven’t yet processed the enthralling fortnight of action at the Japanese capital. As for the medal winners, they are being felicitated by their respective countries. While almost all felicitation events were all about appreciating the athletes, a certain event in Japan came under negative spotlight.
The event was held last week to celebrate Miu Goto, Japan’s gold medal-winning softball team member’s, achievement at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at Japan’s city of Nagoya. But the mayor of the city, Takashi Kawamura was seen pulling down his mask and put Goto’s gold medal between his teeth.
This goes against Japan’s strict COVID guidelines and as a result, the mayor received a lot of backlash on social media. As a result, the IOC decided to replace Goto’s gold medal.
“With support from the International Olympic Committee and in line with her own intention, Ms Goto’s medal is now set to be exchanged for a new one,” Tokyo 2020 organisers said.
“Apart from showing a lack of respect for athletes, he bit it even though [athletes] are putting on medals themselves or on their team-mates during medal ceremonies as part of infection prevention measures. Sorry, I can’t understand it,” Ota wrote on Twitter.
Kawamura was also heard to utter sexist comments towards Goto at the event, for which he later apologised.