Miu Goto’s Gold medal which she won at Tokyo Olympics to be replaced due to COVID norms

At an event organized for felicitation of Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Miu Goto, city mayor Takashi Kawamura was seen biting her gold medal.

Miu Goto
Miu Goto

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.

City Mayor and Miu Goto
City Mayor and Miu Goto

“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.

Also read: Jamaican Athlete Hansle Parchment Tracks Down Volunteer Who Helped Him Win Gold Medal at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Lakshya Chopra is an aspiring sports writer and enthusiast who covers tennis for FirstSportz. He is currently pursuing his B.Tech (Computer) degree from VIIT, Pune. He is the most passionate guy in the room when it comes to Sports. He is hugely inspired by Rafael Nadal.