Unusual Olympics: What makes Tokyo 2020 different

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-07-21 10:15
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Editor's note: Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with several people having tested positive, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have adopted some new rules and unusual practices. This stands as a reminder that, as the athletes strive for medals, everyone wins by ensuring the safety of all participants.

Models present items that will be used for the victory ceremonies of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, including podium, music, costumes and medal trays, during the unveiling event at Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan, June 3, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

Winners will put on their own medals by themselves

On July 14, International Olympic Committee (IOC) chairman Thomas Bach said winners themselves will pick up their medals and put them on in order to prevent and control the COVID-19 pandemic. They will not shake hands or hug. Winners and awardees are required to wear masks.

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