Black Lives Matter Banned From Olympics? Athletes May Be Punished

The International Olympic Committee has banned all athletes from wearing any type of apparel with the Black Lives Matter slogan at the Tokyo Olympic Games. In addition the committee has also banned athletes from any form of protest including taking a knee or raising a fist.

The International Olympic Committee will be enforcing Rule 50 which bans any type of political or social justice protest at the international athletic event.

“The International Olympic Committee got very granular with what is not allowed. It said specifically that the slogan ‘Black Lives Matter’ will be banned from athlete apparel at the Summer Olympics. It’s part of the IOC’s long-standing ban on ‘demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda’ on the playing field, the medal stand or during the Games’ official ceremonies.” – AP

The committee has encouraged athletes to wear apparel with more generic words such as “solidarity,” or “inclusion.”

According to Rule 50,  “no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.”

Any athlete who violates the rules will be punished. However the committee has not stated what exactly the punishment will be but that the punishment will be on a case by case basis.

The World Players Association along with Global Athlete have both stated that they will back any athlete who is punished for violating Rule 50.

Olympic athletes from the United States have yet to comment on whether or not they plan to take a knee or raise a fist during the Olympic Games.

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