Medals handed out at the Tokyo Olympics are losing their shine and beginning to disintegrate, according to a pair of Chinese athletes who took to social media to complain.
Zhu Xueying, who won gold in the women’s trampolining during the games, shared an image of her medal on the Chinese social-media platform Weibo and said the material was “peeling” off.
“Was your medal … peeling off like this?” she asked.
“Let me clarify this. I didn’t mean to peel the thing off at first, I just discovered that there was a small mark on my medal.
“I thought that it was probably just dirt, so I rubbed it with my finger and found that nothing changed, so then I picked at it and the mark got bigger,” she said