Rusted Rio Olympics medals re­turned

New Straits Times - - Sport -

SAO PAULO: More than 100 medals won at the Rio Olympics have been re­turned to or­gan­is­ers be­cause they have rusted or de­vel­oped black spots on them, the games’ spokesman said on Fri­day.

At least 130 medals, mostly bronze and in­clud­ing some from the Par­a­lympics, are be­ing fixed by the Brazil­ian Mint who made them for last year’s event, Mario An­drada said.

“The most com­mon is­sue is that they were dropped or mis­han­dled and the var­nish has come off and they’ve rusted or gone black in the spot where they were dam­aged,” An­drada said.

“The sec­ond thing is that a small few, about 10, had prob­lems with the ex­treme cold.”

An­drada said the first prob­lems came to light in Oc­to­ber but called them “com­pletely nor­mal.”

The Brazil­ian Mint would fix any de­fects and re­turn them, he added.

A to­tal of 2,488 medals were pro­duced for the Olympics and hun­dreds more for the Par­a­lympics. The sil­ver and bronze medals were pro­duced us­ing 30 per cent re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als. Reuters

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