Japan in darkish about postponed medal ceremony, however seems to be ahead to celebrating

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BEIJING : Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) chef de mission Hidehito Ito stated he had no details about the postponed medal ceremony for the determine skating groups competitors, however hoped to finally have a good time together with his athletes.

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“I actually do not know what the medal ceremony will seem like,” Ito stated on Sunday at a information convention held on the sidelines of the Beijing Olympics.

“But when we won’t attend a (IOC-hosted) medal ceremony… and the medals are despatched to Japan, we hope to rearrange an occasion the place we are able to commemorate our athletes,” he added.

The medal ceremony for the determine skating groups occasion is not going to be held in Beijing as a consequence of a doping controversy involving teen Kamila Valieva, who skated for the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) group.

The ROC gained gold, the US claimed silver, and Japan took bronze, however the ceremony will solely happen as soon as the doping case is resolved. That may take weeks or months.

The Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Saturday overturned an attraction by U.S. athletes to have their medals awarded in Beijing.

“I believe all we are able to do is wait,” Ito stated, saying it was as much as the IOC and different related authorities to resolve on what would occur.

He stated that it was a “disgrace” that the athletes wouldn’t have their medals awarded in Beijing, however distanced the JOC from the controversy.

“(Efficiency-enhancing) medicine are banned, no matter whether or not we’re the JOC or not. I believe it shouldn’t occur,” Ito stated.

“However with reference to the ROC concern, it isn’t one thing we’re able to touch upon. That is one thing for the IOC, the ISU (Worldwide Skating Union), WADA (World Anti-Doping Company), different related doping authorities, and the ROC to resolve amongst themselves,” he stated.

Japan ended the Beijing Olympics with a report 18 medals.

(Reporting by Sakura Murakami; Modifying by Michael Perry)

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