“Black Lives Matter” Banned from Olympic Games
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has reaffirmed its decision to ban any form of political, social, and ideological protest at the upcoming Tokyo Games.
Taking a knee, raising a fist, and wearing clothing that says Black Lives Matter will not be allowed. If athletes break the rules, they will face punishments.
Athletes across the world have started wearing the BLM phrase on t-shirts, arm bands, and other clothing attire.
Some have even gone as far as to taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality, particularly in America.
However, athletes have been warned against any form of protest at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Slogans such as “peace,” “respect,” “solidarity,” “inclusion,” and “equality” will be allowed at the Games, however.
The IOC has not yet made clear what the punishment would be for athletes who violate the rules.
According to TMZ Sports, the phrase BLM will be allowed at press conferences, during interviews, and at team meetings.
The IOC conducted a review last year and spoke to 3,500 athletes about their feelings on political protests at the Games.
The IOC’s Athletes’ Commission chief Kirsty Coventry said she has consulted with many athletes about the rule and the majority support the ban on Black Lives Matter.
“I would not want something to distract from my competition and take away from that. That is how I still feel today,” she said.
“A very clear majority of athletes said that they think it’s not appropriate to demonstrate or express their views on the field of play, at the official ceremonies or at the podium.
“So our recommendation is to preserve the podium, field of play and official ceremonies from any kind of protest or demonstrations or acts perceived as such.”
The Tokyo Games were due to be held last year, but had to be delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.