It is quite popular for the Olympic winners to bite onto their medals after they win. However, on Wednesday, the audience witnessed a Japanese Mayor biting onto an athletes medal. Mayor Takashi Kawamura of Nagoya was seen biting the gold medal of a softball player, Miu Goto. Kawamura was biting the medal while the other players were receiving theirs.
However, later Takashi Kawamura apologised for this embarrassing act. In a picture of the ceremony, the netizens found that he was biting the medal in the backdrop. He said that he was showing how they have taken Covid-19 precautions and it is safe to do so.
People trolled Takashi Kawamura on social media and labelled it as a gross gesture.
Mr Kawamura said, “I am sorry for making the athlete and others uncomfortable and causing troubles to them.”
According to the local officials, Kawamura sent a letter of apology to Toyota. However, he stayed in the car while his assistant delivered it on his behalf.
Fellow athletes and Olympians expressed their disgusts on social media platforms.
Naohisa Takato said that if he were in place of miss Goto, he would have cried and feel disheartened.
Nao Kodaira, a speed skater tweeted that if she were in her place she would be disappointed and let down if someone did this to her. Others said that Miu Goto was very kind and handled the situation very well.
Biting a medal is an expression of pride and dignity for any athlete in the Olympics. This is a renowned tradition which athletes conduct for years. Biting someone else’s medal is not only gross but also disrespectful.
The news that Takashi Kawamura, the mayor of Nagoya, chewed the gold medal of a pitcher of the Japanese national softball team without permission has become a hot topic in Japan. This is an insane act and this should be spread as far as possible. #Tokyo2020
— Chi (@Suguru98789) August 5, 2021