Marriage proposal at Tokyo Olympics: Athlete surprised in live broadcast

One of the most exciting moments of the Tokyo Olympics so far. An athlete received a marriage proposal after being eliminated from the cu...

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  • One of the most exciting moments of the Tokyo Olympics so far.
  • An athlete received a marriage proposal after being eliminated from the current Tokyo Olympics.
  • The Argentine was surprised when her coach made the proposal while she was being interviewed by a television channel.

This could be one of the most moving moments of the Tokyo Olympics so far. An Argentine athlete received a marriage proposal while being interviewed by a television channel.

The AP news agency reported on Monday that Argentine fencer Belén Pérez Maurice may not have found her elimination so bitter at the Tokyo Olympics after her coach surprised her in front of the television cameras with a poster in which she was proposed marriage.

Emotional gesture: marriage proposal at the Tokyo Olympics

marriage proposal at olympics
Maria Belen Perez Maurice of Argentina, left, and Anna Marton of Hungary compete in the women’s individual round of 32 Saber competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 26, 2021, in Chiba, Japan. (AP Photo / Hassan Ammar)

“Flaca, do you want to marry me? Please, ”said the little sign that Lucas Saucedo, the 36-year-old Argentine athlete’s coach, held in his hands while she was being interviewed.

For a few seconds, Belén Pérez Maurice was speechless during a live interview with the TyC Sports channel in which she explained the reasons for her elimination in the first round of the Tokyo Olympics against the Hungarian Anna Marton.

Shouts of excitement after marriage proposal at Tokyo Olympics

marriage proposal at olympics

At one point in the talk where viewers could see Saucedo behind the fencer holding the sign, she turned her head after being warned by the journalist and came across the unexpected marriage proposal at the Tokyo Olympics.

“Ay, aaayyy, ay (…) how do you do it here!”, Said with laughter the Argentine who participated in her third Olympic Games. Then Coach Saucedo got down on his knees and exclaimed: “Tell me yes, tell me yes.” Then, with her eyes blurred with tears, the fencer answered in the affirmative and the two merged into a kiss.

The marriage proposal at the Tokyo Olympics went viral (click on the image to see the video)

marriage proposal at olympics
Screenshot of the “Soccer Videos” channel on YouTube

The images immediately went viral. Shortly after, the two told television cameras about their joint work to reach the Olympics, the AP news agency reported.

Belén Pérez Maurice, 27th in the tournament standings, lost 15-12 in saber to the Hungarian Marton, sixth, and came close to achieving what would have been her first victory in the Olympic Games, the aforementioned news agency detailed.

Olympic broadcast stops sexualized images of female athletes

Olympic broadcast stops sexualized images of female athletes
German gymnast Pauline Schaefer-Betz during her qualifying floor routine at the Tokyo Olympics on July 25, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo / Gregory Bull)

On the other hand, AP explained that in an Olympic Games that seek to establish the highest level in television standards, the head of transmission of Tokyo 2020 is trying to eliminate hypersexualized images of athletes.

“Sporty appeal, not sex appeal” is one of the mantras championed by Olympians in an effort to achieve gender equality on the field of play and on screen.

No detail drawings of the bodies

No detail drawings of the bodies
Gymnast Luciana Alvarado of Costa Rica during her floor exercise in the women’s artistic gymnastics classification at the Tokyo Olympics on July 25, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo / Natacha Pisarenko)

“In our coverage you will not see some things that we have seen in the past, with details and close-ups of body parts,” Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) CEO Yiannis Exarchos explained Monday.

This can be tricky with state-of-the-art technology used in sports and with disciplines such as beach volleyball, gymnastics, swimming and track and field, where female athletes’ uniforms are often in short supply.

They oppose sexy clothing

They oppose sexy clothing
Argentina’s Ana Gallay and Fernanda Pereyra celebrate after winning a point against the Brazilian duo, on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at the Tokyo Olympic Games Beach volleyball (AP Photo / Petros Giannakouris)

The gymnasts from Germany sent a message against the uniforms that they believe exploit their sexuality by competing in Tokyo with one that covers their legs up to the ankle, the aforementioned news agency detailed.

Outside the Olympic arena, this month Norwegian beach handball players refused to contest a European event in bikini and instead wore skintight shorts. They were fined for breaking the dress code.

Coverage should not highlight what people are “wearing”

Coverage should not highlight what people are
Mexican divers Dolores Hernández and Carolina Mendoza compete on the synchronized springboard of the Tokyo Olympic Games on Sunday, July 25, 2021. (AP Photo / Dmitri Lovetsky)

The International Olympic Committee does not manage these types of rules for individual sports, but it is responsible for the OBS agency and controls the images that are broadcast from Tokyo to the world.

“What we can do is make sure that our coverage does not highlight in any special way what people are wearing,” Exarchos added, according to the AP news agency report.

Equality

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The cauldron for the Olympic Games burns atop the Yume no Ohashi Bridge after the opening ceremony, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (Robert Carr / Pool Photo via AP)

To achieve this, the IOC updated its “representation guidelines” for all Olympic sports and rights holders for “equal and fair” broadcasts of the competitions.

Advice includes “not focusing unnecessarily on appearance, clothing or intimate body parts” and retouching or eliminating “clothing problems (…) to respect the integrity of the athlete”.

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