Tokyo Olympics backtracks prior decision, will now allow athletes to take a knee

Tokyo Olympics will now show athletes taking a knee in a social media backtrack. 

Rule 50 of the IOC charter previously prohibited athletes from any kind of “demonstration or political, religious, or racial propaganda.” The IOC charter has since relaxed that rule, allowing athletes to protest as long as it is done without disruption and with respect for fellow competitors. Competitors may not protest on the medal podium, however. 

Before the rule change, the Olympics’ social media teams were stopped from sharing images of kneeling and protesting before the games. Such rule changes have been made to support those affected by “discrimination and equality.”



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