The International Olympic Committee on avowed that athletes are forbidden from making political declarations at the upcoming Summer Games Olympic 2020 in Tokyo, Japan, months later two Americans were rebuked for their protests at the Pan-American Games.
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Bureaucrats revealed strict rules leading athlete behavior in the form of Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter. The rule states that “no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.”
While Rule 50 already existed, the IOC identified specific examples of actions that are no longer permitted during the Olympics. Athletes are excluded from kneeling, making hand gestures or displaying political messages in the form of armbands or other attire, among other restrictions.
“It is a fundamental principle that sport is neutral and must be distinct from political, spiritual or any other type of meddling, the IOC Athletes’ Commission supposed. Specifically, the emphasis for the arena of play and related rites must be on celebrating athletes’ performance, and showcasing game and its values.”
Law 50 notes that Olympic athletes are subject to limits on political declarations while on the field of play, in the Olympic Village, on the award podium and attending any official Olympic rite. Team officials, coaches, and trainers are also topic to the rules.
Olympic athletes are free to fast their political views on social media, at squad meetings and though talking to the media, the IOC noted. The rule explanation came months after two U.S. athletes, fencer Race Imboden and hammer thrower Gwen Berry, theatrical protests while on the medal podium at the Pan-American Sports in Peru.
Imboden acquired a knee on the medal attitude to complaint social and political injustice, reflecting similar protests by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players in the latest years. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee located both athletes on a 12-month provisional period for their actions.