The Olympics bans black clothing and can punish athletes for social protests

The Olympics bans black clothing and can punish athletes for social protests

Austin (KXAN) – We are only 80 days away from the 2020 Summer Olympics, which has been postponed in Tokyo due to the coronavirus pandemic. It would be an Olympics like no other – without international fans.

Players are required to fit one COVID-19 battery for nose tests. This is just one positive result that years of hard work and training are yet to ruin.

The games are played all over the world. This is a big step – both for sporting triumph and ultimately for social change. Who can forget this photo of Americans Tommy Smith and John Carlos with their fists raised during the 1968 Olympics protesting racism.

American athletes Tommy Smith (center) and John Carlos (right) took their hold on the challenge in the Black Power salute to express their opposition to racism in the United States during the United States National Anthem, after winning medals on October 17, 1968 for the first and third time in the men’s 200m race in Olympic Games in Mexico. On the left, Australian Peter Norman, who finished second. (AFP photo via Getty Images)

But the Olympics continues to ban athletes’ protests and can punish athletes who choose to protest anyway. This means raising a fist or kneeling during the national anthem, as many top American athletes have done over the past year, is punishable.

These athletes can even be taken indoors.

IOC bans ‘black life’ gear

The International Olympic Committee has become very specific about what is not allowed. In particular, she said the slogan “Black lives matter” would be banned on athletes’ clothing during the Summer Olympics.

It is part of the long-standing ban by the International Olympic Committee of “political, religious or ethnic performances or advertisements” in the stadium, the awarding of medals or during the official ceremonies of the Games.

More general terms like “peace”, “respect”, “solidarity”, “inclusion” and “equality” are allowed on T-shirts.

To date, the International Olympic Committee has not yet defined the types of penalties athletes may face for breaking these rules. He simply said that he would deal with each violation on a case-by-case basis.

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The International Olympic Committee says most athletes support a ban on youth

The IOC Athletes’ Committee gets aid for Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter, more than two-thirds of the approximately 3,500 responses from Sports Advisory Groups. The International Olympic Committee said 70% of athletes surveyed believed it was inappropriate to demonstrate during a match, and 67% said it was also inappropriate for the medal category.


Athletes who violate Rule 50 can be punished by three bodies: the International Olympic Committee, the governing body for their sport, and the National Olympic Committee (NOC).

The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee pledged in December not to punish athletes for peacefully protesting the Olympic Trials.

Many governing bodies of various Olympic sports have said they will not penalize athletes for protesting, including World Athletics, the governing body of the world’s athletics.

Nonprofits come to support the athletes and pressure them to reform “rule 50”.

Several groups have promised legal support for athletes who are protesting. The World Athletics Federation said the IOC decision was expected.

“Any athlete who is sanctioned at the Tokyo Olympics gets the full support of athletes around the world,” said Brendan Schwab, the federation’s executive director.

The Global Athletes Group also issued a statement encouraging athletes to “not replace the old rules of sport with basic human rights.”

Noah Hoffman is closely related to the world athlete. He won two Olympic titles, after competing in cross country skiing in Sochi in 2014 and Pyeongchang in 2018. The world voted for athletes. “

“We envision an Olympics in which the athletes are the focus of the show, more than the host country or surrounding politics or the sponsors,” Hoffman said. “It’s a huge scene where athletes are an afterthought.”

This report uses information from the Associated Press.

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