Olympic medallists at the Tokyo Games will have their medals presented on a tray when they take to the podium and will then have to put them around their own neck in front of the empty stands, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has confirmed.

The 2020 Games, which have been delayed by a year, get underway on 23 July amid concerns surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The medals will not be given around the neck," Bach told a virtual media roundtable on Wednesday.

"They will be presented to the athlete on a tray and the athlete will take the medal him or herself.

"It will be made sure the person who will put the medal on the tray will do it with disinfected gloves. Presenters and athletes will wear a mask. There will be no handshakes and no hugs during the ceremony."

The host city, where a state of emergency has been imposed until after the Games end on 8 August, recorded 1,149 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, the most in nearly six months.

The Olympics have lost much public support in Japan because of fears they will trigger a surge of infections even though no spectators will be allowed into sports venues and there are strict health measures in place for all Games participants.

Bach also said the Tokyo Games will be historic for the way the Japanese people have overcome challenges to hold the global sporting event amid the coronavirus pandemic.

He made the comment after holding a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

Team Ireland is sending 116 athletes to this summer's Olympics - a record for Irish participants - and the largest contingent since London 1948 when a team of 81 took part.

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