Many Olympic venues tend to deteriorate quickly following their brief stint hosting the Games. Now, following last summer's Rio Olympics,it appears some of the medals aren't holding up either.
According to recent reports, some of the medals awarded in Rio are suffering from defects, usually withtheir coverings -- made from recyclable materials -- either flaking apart. It's a bizarre and frustrating development for the accomplishedathletes who worked so hard for those medals, but there are plans to replace them as quickly as possible.
"We're seeing problems with the covering on between six or seven percent of the medals and it seems to be to do with the difference in temperatures," Rio Games communications officer Mario Andrada said.
"Together with the IOC we're setting up a system for replacing the defective medals," he said, adding that the problem was prevalent mainly with silver medals and that the makers, the Brazilian mint, were undertaking the task.
The Rio Games weren't as much of a disaster as many expected them to be, but it appears theheadaches its caused are extendingbeyond the closing ceremonies.