Things are not going well for the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics, and the situation continues to grow more complicated by the minute.
First and foremost, there appear to be some very valid concerns that the games will be taking place amid a rise in COVID cases in Japan and despite warnings from local and global health officials on that subject.
There will already be no spectators in place during the international gathering, but now there will be no hugging or shaking hands among the athletes also. Not that it affects me, I won’t be going (or watching).
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said Wednesday there will be no handshaking and “there will be no hugs during the ceremony.”
Bach added that medal winners will have to hang their awards around their own necks instead of the usual fanfare that comes with the ceremonies.
BMX freestyle rider Chelsea Wolfe (an alternate) said she will burn the American Flag if she wins. I suppose that will be okay as long as she doesn’t touch anyone.
“The medals will not be given around the neck,” Bach told reporters. “They will be presented to the athlete on a tray and then the athlete will take the medal him or herself.
“It will be made sure that the person who will put the medal on tray will do so only with disinfected gloves so that the athlete can be sure that nobody touched them before.”
Oh, so winners will be getting their medals on a platter. Biden’s buddies in China and Russia will like that. After all, that’s how Putin and Xi prefer the heads of their enemies to be delivered.
The new rules make one wonder if someone on the Japanese Olympic Committee spoke to his holiness, Dr. Fauci. If that is the case, the policy will change in a few hours.
Much of this post was first seen at Flag and Cross.
Tokyo Olympics, https://lidblog.com.