Tokyo Olympics: IOC guidelines state mask to be worn at all times, group photos on podium not allowed
The Tokyo Olympics is just eights days away, while the global event is being held amidst the raging pandemic. Meanwhile, IOC has issued guidelines, which states that the mask is to be worn at all times, where there would be no group photos on the podium.
The Tokyo Olympics has nearly arrived, as it all starts in eight days. The opening ceremony would kick things off from July 23, while it all comes to an end on August 4.
Meanwhile, the Games is being held at a tough time, as the world battles through the enraged COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, many restrictions have been put in place by the International Olympic Committee for the Games.
As per the new set of guidelines released by the IOC, it has mandated all participating athletes to wear the mask at all times. Also, while separate podiums would be placed for the medalists, group photos have been barred from the stage.
"All the presenters will be vaccinated, and there will be only one IOC member and one International Federation representative at each event. 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," read the statement from IOC.
The IOC has also stated that it would give a brief presentation of the same to the athletes, presenters and volunteers before the ceremonies. Meanwhile, IOC president Thomas Bach asserted that the medalists would have to put their medals around their neck on their own.
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