International Olympic Committee says no kneeling, fist raising protests at Tokyo games

by Peter Heck · Apr 23rd, 2021 8:57 am

Last Updated Apr 24th, 2021 at 1:05 am

Governing authorities of the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games announced that they will not be permitting, without censure and punishment, any kneeling or protesting during the anthems of any participating countries.

The decision was made after extensive polling of more than 3,500 athletes and Olympians, which reportedly found a "clear majority" thought the act was disrespectful and inappropriate during play or at the official ceremonies of the games.

The resulting punishment is currently unclear, but the International Olympic Committee is working with the Legal Affairs Commission to produce a range of punishments depending on the severity of the infraction.

The decision runs counter to the practice of domestic American Olympic authorities, which have stressed their willingness to allow athletes to raise fists or kneel during the U.S. anthem during event trials.


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