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The Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) has acknowledged receiving an open letter calling for amendments to the IOC rule that threatens to punish athletes for protesting or demonstrating on medal podiums on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The IOC issued an announcement saying they’re standing by the group’s current modification which loosened earlier pointers to permit some types of protest expression – however not on medal podiums, ceremonies and through play.
Their full assertion reads:
“The IOC acknowledges receipt of the letter. After a worldwide session, involving 3500 athletes from 185 NOCs, the IOC Athletes’ Fee (IOC AC) has put ahead a set of suggestions in regard to Rule 50.2 of the Olympic Constitution and Athlete Expression on the Olympic Video games. Rule 50.2 supplies a framework to guard the neutrality of sport and the Olympic Video games. Whereas asking for extra alternatives for athlete expression in the course of the Olympic Video games, world athlete representatives expressed their assist for retaining the rostrum, the sphere of play and the ceremonies free from any type of protest. The IOC Govt Board (IOC EB) accepted all of the suggestions. The main points concerning the course of and the outcomes may be discovered right here. As a part of the implementation of the IOC AC’s suggestions, the EB then has authorised revised Rule 50.2 Tips for the Olympic Video games Tokyo 2020 which lengthen the alternatives for athlete expression in Tokyo.”
Some background: US hammer thrower Gwen Berry, together with famed 1968 medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos, are three of over 150 athletes, human rights and social justice specialists, and sports activities organizations who cosigned an open letter to high-ranking Worldwide Olympic Committee members on Thursday, calling for amendments to the IOC rule that threatens to punish athletes for protesting or demonstrating on medal podiums on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The letter calls upon the IOC to, “chorus from imposing sanctions on athletes protesting and demonstrating in accordance with internationally-recognized human rights frameworks… in any Olympic/Paralympic websites, venues or different areas – together with the rostrum” for the Tokyo and Beijing Video games.
After a 10-month session course of with over 3,500 athletes who characterize 185 totally different Nationwide Olympic Committees and all 41 Olympic Sports activities, the IOC determined to uphold the rule 50 ban on protests in April. On July 2, the IOC amended rule 50 by including part 50.2, which loosened earlier pointers, permitting athletes to precise their views in blended zones, press conferences, throughout interviews, in addition to previous to the beginning of competitors.
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