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International Olympic Committee announces BLM apparel will be banned at Summer Olympics in Tokyo

The International Olympic Committee has announced that BLM apparel is banned at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The International Olympic Committee has said that athletes are not allowed to protest at the Tokyo Olympics. Further on, all BLM apparel will be banned. The International Olympic Committee has also banned taking a knee or raising a fist in silent protest. The IOC decided that athletes will not be allowed to protest due to the committee’s stance against “demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda.” 

The committee also banned political statements, saying, “It is important to protect athletes from the potential consequences of being placed in a position where they may be forced to take a public position on a particular domestic or international issue, regardless of their beliefs.”

The IOC relied on Rule 50 to argue its position for protesting during events It has not been made clear what the punishments will be for those who violate the rules. Disruption in the Tokyo Olympics will qualify as: kneeing, making hand gestures which imply a political position, and not allowing a medalist to step up to the podium. In response to this, many groups have promised legal support to the athletes who decided to protest. Brendan Schwab, the executive director of the World players Association union stated, “Any athlete sanctioned at the Tokyo Olympics will have the full backing of the World Players.”

The union also issued a statement saying to “not allow outdated ‘sport rules’ to supersede your basic human rights.” An activist group in Germany has said that it will assist those who are “fighting racism.” Johannes Herber, who is an executive for the group stated “Should German athletes decide to peacefully stand up for fundamental values such as fighting racism during the Olympic Games, they can rely on the legal support of Athleten Deutschland.”

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ARTICLE: AANAND MAHATO

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