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IOC says masks on the Olympic podium are a "must-have"



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From left, silver medalist Ana Maria Popescu of Romenia, gold medalist Sun Yiwen of China and bronze medalist Katrina Lehis of Estoniac celebrate on the podium of the individual Epee final competition on July 24. (Andrew Medichini/AP)

July 25 (CNN): International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said masks on the Olympic podium are "not a nice to have, it's a must-have," according to Reuters.

In an interview off-camera responding to a reporter asking whether mask rules had been relaxed, Adams said, "There is no relaxation, and we would urge and ask everyone to obey the rules, whatever stakeholder you are, us, the IOC, media, athletes, everyone. It's not a nice to have, it's a must-have."

Adams urged everyone to follow the rules of the playbook, adding, "It is really in our own interest and the interest of everyone and in the interest of a safe and secure Games that we do obey these rules."

The Tokyo 2020 Playbook says masks should be worn at all times except when eating, drinking, training, competing or sleeping.