The handshake may be replaced by a fist-bump at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang and it has nothing to do with how old customs are giving way to new in a rapidly evolving world. Nowhere does the traditional handshake more visibly signify what the Olympics are supposed to be about than after hockey games, when opponents line up to shake hands. USA defenseman James Wisniewski's 62-year-old father tested positive for norovirus last week and is one of 49 of 283 confirmed Olympic cases still in quarantine. Wisniewski said his dad, Jim, started getting sick while waiting for a taxi and had to be transported to the hospital by ambulance. "It was pretty bad".
US men's player Jim Slater, though, said that not only are he and his teammates avoiding shaking hands with opponents, he's also fist bumping reporters before interviews.
"It's good", Slater told the AP. "I do it to everybody".
You know how you intimidate the other guys?
Women's teams have chose to continue shaking hands, including the USA and Finland after their semifinal game Monday. "In these tournament settings, it's not prelims anymore, so I think shaking hands ... it's just respect".Читайте также: Pakistan stays atop of the T20I ranking after ICC corrects its blunder
Fist-bumping may be a common sense solution to the outbreak, which was revealed just three days before the Opening Ceremonies on February 9.
Norovirus infections, or a common vomiting bug, are highly contagious and are a leading cause of gastroenteritis worldwide. Symptoms usually begin 12 to 48 hours after exposure and last one to three days, with no specific treatment.
International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel is not sure it's necessary for players to stop shaking hands. "If you don't take care of those little details, you're the team that's going to be going home".
The US men's team definitely isn't shaking hands as a result.
Wisniewski knows all too well that the norovirus is to be taken seriously.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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