18 Heartwarming Photos Of Olympians Embracing New COVID Protocols

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The Czech Republic's Barbora Krejcikova, center, places a medal on teammate Katerina Siniakova. The pair won gold in women's doubles tennis on Aug. 1. (Photo: VINCENZO PINTO via Getty Images)
The Czech Republic's Barbora Krejcikova, center, places a medal on teammate Katerina Siniakova. The pair won gold in women's doubles tennis on Aug. 1. (Photo: VINCENZO PINTO via Getty Images)

It’s a moment every athlete at the Olympic Games has dreamed about: standing on the podium and bowing their head to receive a well-earned medal around their neck.

However, things looked a little different in Tokyo this year. Due to COVID-19 protocols, Olympic officials have been presenting medals on a tray for the athletes to don themselves. Ahead of the Games, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach told reporters the policy would mean “that the athlete can be sure that nobody touched them before.”

But in a sweet show of sportsmanship, athletes at the Tokyo Games — especially in events with more than one person on a team — have been placing medals on one another, making for some touching, photo-worthy moments. In an Olympics where COVID-19 has forced so much to change, this is one new tradition we wouldn’t mind seeing again.

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South Korea fencers receive their gold medals on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men's sabre team on July 28. (Photo: MOHD RASFAN via Getty Images)
South Korea fencers receive their gold medals on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men's sabre team on July 28. (Photo: MOHD RASFAN via Getty Images)
Gold medalists Zongyuan Wang and Siyi Xie of Team China during the medal ceremony for the men's synchronized 3 meter springboard diving final on July 28. (Photo: Maddie Meyer via Getty Images)
Gold medalists Zongyuan Wang and Siyi Xie of Team China during the medal ceremony for the men's synchronized 3 meter springboard diving final on July 28. (Photo: Maddie Meyer via Getty Images)
Gold medalist Teddy Riner of France, right, receives a medal from teammate Romane Dicko. France won gold in the mixed team judo competition on July 31. (Photo: Annegret Hilse via Reuters)
Gold medalist Teddy Riner of France, right, receives a medal from teammate Romane Dicko. France won gold in the mixed team judo competition on July 31. (Photo: Annegret Hilse via Reuters)
Softball player Yukiko Ueno of Japan (fourth from right) puts the gold medal on catcher Haruka Agatsuma (third from right) on the podium with other teammates, while medal presenter and Japan Olympic Committee President Yasuhiro Yamashita (lower left) looks on at the Yokohama Baseball Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, on July 27. (Photo: KAZUHIRO FUJIHARA via Getty Images)
Softball player Yukiko Ueno of Japan (fourth from right) puts the gold medal on catcher Haruka Agatsuma (third from right) on the podium with other teammates, while medal presenter and Japan Olympic Committee President Yasuhiro Yamashita (lower left) looks on at the Yokohama Baseball Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, on July 27. (Photo: KAZUHIRO FUJIHARA via Getty Images)
The USA's Caeleb Dressel, second from right, helps teammate Zach Apple on the podium. Dressel, Apple, Ryan Murphy (far left) and Michael Andrew (second from left) won gold in the men's 4 x 100 meter medley relay on Aug. 1. (Photo: Jean Catuffe via Getty Images)
The USA's Caeleb Dressel, second from right, helps teammate Zach Apple on the podium. Dressel, Apple, Ryan Murphy (far left) and Michael Andrew (second from left) won gold in the men's 4 x 100 meter medley relay on Aug. 1. (Photo: Jean Catuffe via Getty Images)
Silver medallist Marin Cilic of Croatia, left, gives Croatia's Ivan Dodig his silver medal on the podium during the men's doubles tennis ceremony at the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo on July 30. (Photo: VINCENZO PINTO via Getty Images)
Silver medallist Marin Cilic of Croatia, left, gives Croatia's Ivan Dodig his silver medal on the podium during the men's doubles tennis ceremony at the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo on July 30. (Photo: VINCENZO PINTO via Getty Images)
Members of Team Canada receive their bronze medals on the podium during the medal ceremony for softball on July 27 in Yokohama. (Photo: Matt Slocum via AP)
Members of Team Canada receive their bronze medals on the podium during the medal ceremony for softball on July 27 in Yokohama. (Photo: Matt Slocum via AP)
Ireland's Fintan McCarthy places a gold medal on teammate Paul O'Donovan at the medal ceremony for men's lightweight double sculls on July 28. (Photo: picture alliance via Getty Images)
Ireland's Fintan McCarthy places a gold medal on teammate Paul O'Donovan at the medal ceremony for men's lightweight double sculls on July 28. (Photo: picture alliance via Getty Images)
Katie McLaughlin of Team United States places a silver medal around the neck of her teammate Katie Ledecky during the ceremony for the women's 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay on July 29. McLaughlin and Ledecky earned silver alongside teammates Allison Schmitt and Paige Madden. (Photo: Tom Pennington via Getty Images)
Katie McLaughlin of Team United States places a silver medal around the neck of her teammate Katie Ledecky during the ceremony for the women's 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay on July 29. McLaughlin and Ledecky earned silver alongside teammates Allison Schmitt and Paige Madden. (Photo: Tom Pennington via Getty Images)
Anna Hopkin presents Kathleen Dawson of Team Great Britain with her medal during the ceremony for the mixed 4 x 100 meter medley relay on July 31. (Photo: Ian MacNicol via Getty Images)
Anna Hopkin presents Kathleen Dawson of Team Great Britain with her medal during the ceremony for the mixed 4 x 100 meter medley relay on July 31. (Photo: Ian MacNicol via Getty Images)
Bronze medalists Kim Soyeong, left, and Kong Heeyong of Team South Korea place their medals on each other during the ceremony for the women’s doubles badminton event on Aug. 2. (Photo: Lintao Zhang via Getty Images)
Bronze medalists Kim Soyeong, left, and Kong Heeyong of Team South Korea place their medals on each other during the ceremony for the women’s doubles badminton event on Aug. 2. (Photo: Lintao Zhang via Getty Images)
Gold medalists Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, center, and Andrey Rublev, right, of the Russian Olympic Committee put on their respective medals during the mixed doubles tennis medal ceremony on Aug. 1. (Photo: VINCENZO PINTO via Getty Images)
Gold medalists Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, center, and Andrey Rublev, right, of the Russian Olympic Committee put on their respective medals during the mixed doubles tennis medal ceremony on Aug. 1. (Photo: VINCENZO PINTO via Getty Images)
Silver medalists Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen of Team China are seen during the medal ceremony for the men's doubles badminton event on July 31. (Photo: VCG via Getty Images)
Silver medalists Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen of Team China are seen during the medal ceremony for the men's doubles badminton event on July 31. (Photo: VCG via Getty Images)
Kaylee McKeown of Australia, left, receives her gold medal in women's 200 meter backstroke from Australia's Emily Seebohm, who won the bronze, on July 31. (Photo: Tim Clayton - Corbis via Getty Images)
Kaylee McKeown of Australia, left, receives her gold medal in women's 200 meter backstroke from Australia's Emily Seebohm, who won the bronze, on July 31. (Photo: Tim Clayton - Corbis via Getty Images)
German rower Hannes Ocik places a silver medal around the neck of cox Martin Sauer after the men's eight final on July 29. (Photo: picture alliance via Getty Images)
German rower Hannes Ocik places a silver medal around the neck of cox Martin Sauer after the men's eight final on July 29. (Photo: picture alliance via Getty Images)
Great Britain's Tom Daley receives a gold medal from teammate Matty Lee during the medal presentation for the men's synchronized 10 meter platform event on July 26. (Photo: Clive Rose via Getty Images)
Great Britain's Tom Daley receives a gold medal from teammate Matty Lee during the medal presentation for the men's synchronized 10 meter platform event on July 26. (Photo: Clive Rose via Getty Images)

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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