IOC allows winners to remove masks for photo-ops

The International Olympic Committee has allowed medal winners at the Tokyo Games to remove masks for up to 30 seconds while physically distanced on the podium for photo opportunities.

The Tokyo 2020 Playbooks, which outline anti-infection protocols for Games participants, require athletes to wear masks during victory ceremonies.

Athletes who won Olympic medals on Sunday briefly took off their masks during the ceremonies in line with the new policy.