The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games kicked off last week. Even though impact of epidemic has made this Olympics look completely different from known photographs of past, this still does not affect outstanding results of athletes on field. However, this week was first time a gold medal winner was denied acceptance of an award due to "mask style"?
Yevgeny Rylov, 24, is a Russian swimmer who represented Russia at this year's Olympics in men's 100m and 200m backstroke events and men's 4x200m freestyle relay. . He first won gold in 100m backstroke on Tuesday (27) and won silver in relay next day. competitions in which he participated. He won all cards and became first player in Russia to win swimming gold in 25 years.
However, when he first won gold on Tuesday, he nearly had occasional "can't accept award on stage" episode! While competitors are not required to wear masks during competition, they must not only keep a safe distance from other competitors during subsequent awards ceremony, but must also wear masks to protect their health. Rylov's mask today is replete with "cat's face" drawings to attract attention, and drawing just falls on position of nose and mouth, as if appearance of a cat opening its mouth can be said to be very attractive!
However, conference did not allow him to wear this special mask on stage to accept award! Although there are no official regulations on style of masks, Rylov said in an interview after awards ceremony: “I was told ‘sorry, you can’t’ and I’m not going to argue with organizers of Olympics. He said it. A specially shaped mask is a gift from his girlfriend. He hopes to express his love for animals on field with this special uniform. Cat fireworks.
At end, Rylov put on a white mask and went on stage to accept award. He also said, "I cried, I love cats so much." influence his game on court, because he also achieved brilliant results in next two games!