The International Olympic Committee (IOC) released a fresh set of guidelines on Thursday, charting out the protocols during medal ceremonies at the Tokyo Olympics. Athletes, presenters and volunteers will not pose for group photographs and wear masks while on the podium, the IOC said while announcing a series of health-safety measures keeping in mind the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the first set of guidelines released in June, athletes and medal presenters were required to wear masks at all times during the ceremonies. As per the new guidelines, additional podium modules/barriers will be placed between the three tiers on the victory stand, facilitating distancing norms.
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"All the presenters will be vaccinated, and there will be only one IOC member and one International Federation representative at each event," said the IOC in a statement.
"A series of changes have been approved in order to respect the Tokyo 2020 health measures, with the aim of making the experience safe for everyone involved while also preserving the essence of this unique moment, when Olympians savour and celebrate the pinnacle of their sports career," the IOC elaborated.
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The IOC added that the athletes, medal presenters and volunteers "will be clearly and thoroughly briefed before the ceremonies on the guidelines they will need to follow."
IOC president Thomas Bach Wednesday said that athletes at the Tokyo Olympics will have to put their medals around their necks themselves as an additional safety measure.
(With inputs from PTI)
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