When the Swede wrestler protested his defeat and refused his bronze medal at the podium last Thursday, his anger was directed at the “bunch of fatsos” at the judges table.
Perhaps unknown to him, however, it that the medal is not just bronze, or gold and silver. The Chinese hosts have incorporated jade in the reverse side of the medals, thus, making the medals an unprecedented piece of jewelry. And to host China and to many Asian countries, jade represents “honor and virtue.” My own necklace and ring are both made of this “stone of heaven.”
His refusal to accept the medal was a slap on the face not just on the International Olympic Committee but to the host nation as well. Truly an unfortunate incident.
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