World Championships, Olympic Games, and Pan American Games medalist Arthur Nory (BRA) will have his Pan American Games medals replaced by Panam Sports, after original medals were stolen from his home.
Nory published his plight on social media a few days ago. He claimed that “thugs” had broken into his house and taken all of his medals. The story quickly gained attention on traditional and social media, which brought the unfortunate event to the attention of Panam Sports President, Nevin Ilic.
A press release from Panam Sports stated, “upon learning of the robbery in the Brazilian gymnast’s home, the President of Panam Sports, Neven Ilic, did not hesitate for a second to give his full support, immediately asking his staff to replace the medals Arthur Nory earned at Lima 2019, including the gold medal in the Team event and two silvers in the All-Around and Horizontal Bar.”
The plan to replace the medals was confirmed by Panam Sports President, Neven Ilic, this morning. Ilic stated, “We found out through social media, and we were very sorry that all of his medals were stolen. For this reason, I asked my team to send him the three medals he won at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games as soon as possible.”
Speaking about Nory, Ilic said, “Arthur is an extraordinary athlete, who has brought a lot of happiness to Brazil and our continent. He is a World Champion, a Rio 2016 bronze medalist, and he had an outstanding performance at our Lima 2019 Games. We know that he is very sad about this theft, and that is why we are going to support him and send him the medals he won in Peru as soon as possible.”
He concluded, saying, “We hope he does not lose focus in his work to achieve his great goal of reaching Tokyo and that he can have an outstanding performance at the Olympic Games. Although they are a material asset, we know all the effort that’s needed and what the medals represent for him. But nothing is going to cloud all of his achievements and everything that we hope he will achieve in the future.”
As noted by Ilic, the main value of medals is often what they mean to athletes. This sentiment was echoed by Nory in his post on social media. The retail value of medals from multi-sports games is generally only a few hundred dollars at most. The price of a medal can also fluctuate based on the athlete that won the medal.
The medals stolen from Nory’s home are still missing.