In the wake of her bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Australia’s gold medal winning sprinter Sarah Richardson said she had been told she couldn’t wear her medals to the media and could only wear them for a few days at a time.
“I’ve been told that I can’t wear them in public, I can only wear my medals for a couple of days at the Olympics,” Ms Richardson told ABC Radio Canberra on Tuesday.
“They said that I was a bit shy.
They said that it’s not good for the media.
I said, ‘Well, I don’t think so’.” Ms Richardson had planned to wear her medal in public for the first time since winning it on Sunday.
Ms Richardson’s medal won the gold medal in the women’s 200m individual medley in Rio, while her gold medal was also a world record in the 400m individual.
Ms Webb said her medals had been handed out to athletes who had not been able to get their medals to Australia because of a change in the way the medals were awarded.
“Sarah is absolutely incredible,” she said.
“She’s such a lovely person, and she’s got an incredible spirit.”
Ms Richardson said her team-mates had been surprised to hear that she was having trouble wearing her medals.
“When I first saw it in the mail I thought, ‘Oh, no, I haven’t got my medals’,” Ms Richardson added.
“But they’re going to have to see it.”
Ms Webb told the ABC that she had planned a private ceremony for Ms Richardson at the end of the Games in Rio to mark the occasion, but was disappointed that the medal ceremony had been scrapped.
“It’s just one of those things where it’s just really hard to see,” she told ABC News.
“To see the way they’re responding to her is really good news, and it shows that we can all work together to support her. “
“Hopefully that’s the case for everyone else as well.””
Hopefully that’s the case for everyone else as well.”