fbpx
Connect with us

Social Stories

“Germ medal” Japanese Mayor Bites Olympian’s Gold Medal On ‘Impulse’, Faces Massive Public Backlash

Published

Ft Medal Mayor Bite
Source: The Mainichi

Follow us on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest stories and updates daily.

The biting of medals is a common habit at the Olympics but is usually reserved for winners and not others.

This was all changed when a Japanese mayor was hit with a barrage of criticism for sinking his teeth into an Olympic gold medal won by the Japanese women’s softball team.

According to The Mainichi, Nagoya mayor Takashi Kawamura bit into 20-year-old pitcher Miu Goto’s medal during a celebratory event on 4 August, where the pitcher was visiting the municipal government following the team’s victory against the USA in the finals.

When Goto put the medal around the mayor’s neck, he grabbed it and said, “It’s heavy”, before taking off his mask and suddenly biting it without her permission.

He was accused by social media users as well as athletes for ignoring Covid-19 restrictions and lacking respect towards the athlete. This apparently led to the term “Germ medal” to trend on Japanese social media.

This prompted Japanese silver medallist fencer Yuki Ota to share his thoughts on it via Twitter. “First, he lacks respect for the athletes who have had to put their medals around their own necks or ask their teammates to do so as part of anti-infection measures. And now he bites the medal? It’s inconceivable to me,” he said.

Meanwhile, Japanese judo gold medallist Naohisa Takato said that “I handle my own gold medal so gently not to scratch it. I would cry if that happened to me.”

Even Toyota Motor Corp which owns the club, Red Terriers which Goto plays for, has criticized Kawamura, stating in a statement, “It was an unworthy act and lacked respect” for the athlete’s long-running efforts that helped the national softball team clinch victory.

“We truly hope that the mayor will behave appropriately as a leader” 

The 72-year-old mayor after reportedly receiving thousands of complaints from city authorities has since apologised for his actions via a press conference on 5 August and offered to pay for a replacement medal.

“I forgot my position as Nagoya mayor and acted in an extremely inappropriate way. I saw the gold medal that I had admired and acted on impulse. I made the symbol of years and years of hard work dirty. I apologize from the bottom of my heart,” he told reporters.

The mayor has also reportedly spoken with Yasuhiro Yamashita, president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, over the phone on Thursday to say sorry as well as sent a letter of apology to Toyota.

A statement from the organisers of Tokyo 2020 on Thursday said that a replacement had been agreed between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Goto, with the IOC covering the costs.

What would happen if this happened to one of our medallists? Let us know what you think in the comments section!

 

Also read: Influencers Camp Till Midnight At Chinese Olympic Diver’s Village For Content, Steal Jackfruit As Souvenir

Quan Hong Chan


Follow us on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest stories and updates daily.



Just In

Pdrm Suggests Senior Citizens Be Assessed Before Renewing Drivers License Pdrm Suggests Senior Citizens Be Assessed Before Renewing Drivers License
News1 day ago

PDRM Proposes ‘Ability To Drive’ Assessment For Senior Citizens Before They Can Renew Their License

PDRM has suggested that the government needs to set a new requirement for senior citizens before they can renew their...

Sri Lankan Shaman Dies Of Covid 19 Sri Lankan Shaman Dies Of Covid 19
News1 day ago

Sri Lanka’s Famous Shaman Who Allegedly Claims He Could Cure Covid-19 Dies Due To The Virus

A high-profile shaman from Sri Lanka who claimed he was able to stop the spread of the virus in his...

Az Gap Decreased To 6 Weeks Az Gap Decreased To 6 Weeks
News2 days ago

YB Khairy: Interval Between 1st & 2nd Doses Of AstraZeneca Vaccine Shortened To 6 Weeks

The Minister of Health, YB Khairy Jamaluddin informed that the period between the first and second doses of the AstraZeneca...

Skid Skid
News2 days ago

Lorry Driver High On Drugs Falls Asleep On The Wheel & Loses Control Of Vehicle On NKVE

A lorry driver lost control of his vehicle after falling asleep on the wheel and skidded on the NKVE heading...

My Post 2021 09 24T142119.604 1 My Post 2021 09 24T142119.604 1
News2 days ago

M’sian Man In Somalia Sentenced To 15 Years In Jail For Assisting Terrorist Organisation

A 34-year-old Malaysian man named Ahmad Mustakim Abdul Hamid, was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Somali military...

Kjherd Kjherd
News2 days ago

KJ: Herd Immunity No Longer Achievable With 80% Vaccination Due To Delta Variant

The Ministry of Health (KKM) will not longer use the conventional formula of achieving herd immunity with at least 80%...

My Post 2021 09 24T114551.289 My Post 2021 09 24T114551.289
News2 days ago

56 Politicians Were Convicted Of Flouting SOPs Throughout The Lockdown Period

A couple of months ago, #KerajaanGagal was trending online for various reasons, one of which is the fact that many...

Ebit Lew Ft 2 Ebit Lew Ft 2
News2 days ago

PDRM On The Hunt For Those Who Leaked Alleged Lewd Messages & Videos Of Celebrity Preacher

The police have opened up an investigation paper after detecting the spread of several video clips and lewd messages allegedly...

Announcement

Latest Videos



TRENDING TODAY