Over the years, Mutaz Barshim has stood out as an outstanding athlete. During the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, he won the gold medal in high jump and decided to share the podium with Gianmarco Tamberi. By sharing the high jump gold medal rather than putting it on the line in a jump-off, he sent a strong message of friendship.
« Friendship, respect and excellence, as core values of Olympism, can play a great role in promoting ideas of solidarity, non-violence, tolerance and justice. As Olympians, we embody these values and we can use them to bring positive social change and peace. This is the message that we wanted to share with Gianmarco Tamberi, when we decided to share this gold medal in Tokyo.»