Japanese mayor faces backlash for biting on Olympic athlete’s gold medal

The mayor of Japanese city Nagoya has faced backlash after biting down on the gold medal of an Olympic athlete, prompting him to issue an apology.

Takashi Kawamura pulled down his mask and went to take a pantomime bite from Miu Goto’s medal on Thursday at an event to celebrate the softball champion, Reuters reported.

Critics online said that the action was presumptuous and unhygienic amid the ongoing pandemic, prompting Mr Kawamura to issue an apology.

“I forgot my position as Nagoya mayor and acted in an extremely inappropriate way. I am fully aware that I should reflect on that,” Mr Kawamura said.

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