No more hugs at Tokyo 2020 Olympics and away masks only in the foreseen moments: the International Olympic Committee (That is) thus recalls international athletes, recalling that “they are not exempt from complying with the strict anti-Covid rules in force at the Games”.
The warning of the That is it follows several awards in which the Olympic winners were seen lingering near the podium without bezel and exchange Hugs. The rules established at the Tokyo Games, on the other hand, provide for respect for the distancing and allow athletes to remove their personal protective equipment only for 30 seconds during the award ceremony.
“We urge everyone to follow the rules,” the spokesman for the International Olympic Committee, Mark Adams. “It is important, both for the sport and for everyone involved and, of course, for our Japanese partners and friends in particular.”
To date they have been reported at least 123 cases of contagion from COVID-19 related to the Olympics in progress a Tokyo and several athletes are in quarantine or even had to withdraw from competitions at the last minute due to the infection, including the American tennis player Coco Gauff and the world’s number one Golf, the Spanish Jon Rahm.
“Whenever we see someone without a mask, and it happens almost everywhere, it is our duty, of all of us, to remember the importance of wearing it”, the executive director of the IOC Games reiterated to the press yesterday. Christophe Dubi. “In most cases, people just forget it.”
“I agree with Dubi’s words,” he added today Adams. “It is understandable, we are all here, there is a lot of excitement and of course when we win a medal we are happy for the athletes, but, unfortunately, we had to tighten the rules.”
The spokesperson for the International Olympic Committee however, he reiterated that the appeal to respect the spacing and use of the mask is not addressed “only to athletes but to everyone”. “It is really in our interest and in everyone’s interest and for the Games to be safe and secure”.