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Olympics Committee Asks Winners Not to Hug During Medal Ceremonies - More Pandemic Policies Revealed!

Olympics Committee Asks Winners Not to Hug During Medal Ceremonies - More Pandemic Policies Revealed!

The International Olympic Committee is update its policies amid the pandemic.

The organization behind the Olympics, which are currently taking place in Tokyo, revealed updated guidance regarding face masks and social distancing during the Summer Games.

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On Sunday (July 25), the IOC declared that athletes can now take off their masks for 30 seconds at the podium during the medal ceremonies for a photo-op.

However, celebratory hugs are not recommended.

“No, there is no relaxation. We urge and ask everyone to obey the rules, whatever stakeholder you are. It’s not a ‘nice to have’ — it is a must-have. It’s important, both for the sports and for everyone involved and, of course, for our Japanese partners and friends particularly,” said IOC spokesperson Mark Adams.

“It also sends a strong message so we would ask and urge people to please follow the playbooks. I think yesterday, [IOC Sports Director] Christophe Dubi put it very well. We understand, we’re all here, there is a lot excitement. And of course, when you win a medal…we feel for the athletes. There are things that, unfortunately, we have had to make [the rules] stricter.”

A day before, the director said: “Every time we see someone without a mask, and that happens a little bit everywhere, it’s our duty, all of us, to say, ‘Reminder, mask please.’ And in most of the cases, people do simply forget. If you have blatant behaviors that are absolutely unbearable, we will definitely take action.”

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