The Japanese Olympic Committee said Tuesday it has received the Olympic gold medal which belongs to Koji Murofushi, who was awarded the men’s hammer throw title after Hungary’s Adrian Annus was stripped of his gold for a doping offense.
The medal, sent by the International Olympic Committee, arrived at the JOC office Monday and was handed over to the Japan Association of Athletics Federations on Tuesday morning.
The association will give the medal to Murofushi at the Seiko Super Meet 2004 Yokohama next week.
Murofushi, who became the first Asian to win an Olympic throwing event, will be presented the medal at a ceremony in the one-day event that takes place Sept. 23 at International Stadium Yokohama.
Last weekend, the IOC decided to send a reserve medal, which had been held by Games organizers in Athens, after Annus turned down the IOC’s request to give back his gold medal.
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