What happens if someone takes a bite out of your Olympic gold medal? Well, you may end up getting another medal free of charge from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Miu Goto, a Japanese softball pitcher who is from the city of Nagoya, is getting a replacement after her city’s mayor decided to taste the medal during a photo opportunity seemingly without permission.
Goto, alongside Team Japan, won a medal after a vigorous final match in which they beat Team USA 2-0.
After the win, a victory event commenced on 4th August. Local Nagoya city mayor Takashi Kawamura pulled his mask down to make a quick smile and then bizarrely take a bite of Goto’s gold medal, as reported by Japanese outlet Kyodo News.
According to the local Japanese news outlet, Mainichi Shimbun, Kawamura later apologised for the moment, which reportedly garnered over 7,000 complaints to the city authorities.
“I forgot my position as Nagoya mayor and acted in an extremely inappropriate way,” Kawamura said, according to BBC, while offering to compensate.
Tokyo Games organizers spoke to Reuters about replacing the medal and said: “With support from the International Olympic Committee and in line with her own intention, Ms. Goto’s medal is now set to be exchanged for a new one.”
The practice of biting medals is a common quirk at the games but is usually reserved for winners.
On a brighter note, it seems that the organizers of the Tokyo Games made light of the incident regardless as they tweeted, “We just want to officially confirm that the #Tokyo2020medals are not edible!”
We just want to officially confirm that the #Tokyo2020 medals are not edible!
Our 🥇🥈🥉 medals are made from materi… https://t.co/blbd9nWoPz