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Tokyo: gold medal bitten by a mayor, will be replaced

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– TOKYO, AUG 12 – The gold medal won by the Japanese softball player Miu Goto and bitten by surprise by the mayor of Nagoya, Takashi Kawamura, will be replaced with a new one. The Japanese media anticipate this, citing the discussions between the local organizing committee (Joc) and the athlete herself, who accepted. The gesture made by the mayor during the visit of the local athlete sparked over 4,000 online protests that have branded him as ‘disrespectful and inappropriate’. Goto belongs to the women’s softball team, which won the final over the United States with the result of 2-0.

During the meeting on 4 August, Kawamura had taken off his mask and bit the medal for a series of photographic shots, being heavily criticized for his behavior. The mayor then apologized for not respecting the anti-Covid protocols, and explaining that he acted on impulse, ‘fouling’ the several years of hard work necessary for the athlete to obtain such recognition.

Toyota itself, which sponsors the local softball team where Goto plays, called the mayor’s actions ‘extremely unpleasant’. In a joking tone, on Twitter, the organizers of the Games had published a post in which they invited the athletes not to bite the medals as they are ‘inedible’. (HANDLE).

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