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Miu Goto’s Olympic gold medal bitten by local mayor; will get a replacement medal

They call it the Germ Medal in Japan
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A Japanese Olympic gold medalist, Miu Goto, will get a medal replacement after it was bitten by a local mayor.

Takashi Kawamura, mayor of Nagoya, put the gold medal in his mouth after taking off his mask in front of camera to celebrate the victory in early August.

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The medal being bitten by the Mayor

This action has sparked anger on social media, which he later apologized for his actions.

He also stated that he would be willing to pay for a replacement medal.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 organizers also agreed to replace the medal and the cost will be covered by the IOC (International Olympic Committee).

Biting medals is a common quirk at the Olympic Games, but it is usually done by the winners.

Jia Suriyanto
Indonesian Journalist at News Asia Today. I cover the latest news and stories on Indonesia, particularly on business.