Try as they might, politicians and sport don’t always mix.
A Japanese gold medallist is having her piece of bling replaced after the mayor of her hometown got a little too excited when she showed off her new acquisition after a stellar performance in Tokyo.
Miu Goto, part of Japan’s softball team that beat America in the final, was feted when she returned to the city of Nagoya but mayor Takashi Kawamura went too far as he took a bite on the star’s gold medal.
Dropping his mask, Kawamura put the precious prize between his teeth as is customary for athletes to do. But when it’s not your medal, it’s a bad look, made even worse by the fact we’re in the grips of a global pandemic where strict hygiene measures are in place.
Olympic officials have confirmed they’ll deliver Goto a brand new medal after Kawamura’s act sparked fury online, with the cost covered by the International…