The Tokyo Olympics open July 23 in a state of emergency in Japan, so many things will be different this year. A “very significant change” to traditional medal ceremonies in the 339 events was revealed Wednesday by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach. To limit spreading Covid-19, “they will be presented to the athlete on a tray and then the athlete will take the medal him or herself.” More, „the person who will put the medal on the tray will do so only with disinfected gloves, so that the athlete can be sure that nobody touched them before.” Bach confirmed Wednesday that in Tokyo “there will be no handshakes and there will be no hugs during the ceremony.” The IOC had previously said medalists and ceremony officials would have to wear masks.
An “immersive sound system” will try to create atmosphere for the athletes in the stadiums and venues without spectators. Crowd noise recorded from each event at previous Olympics will be fed into the arena as one of several ways to support the athletes. Another new technical supported aspect to Olympic Games to be added now: Some athletes will be connected after their event via screens to their families, friends and fan clubs at home, while fans will be able to send video clips of up to six seconds that can be displayed next to the field of play.