IOC Athletes’ Commission Bans Political Protests at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Ensuring the Games focus on athletes’ performances, sport and spread the international unity and harmony.

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Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the International Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission has issued its new guidelines for the international sporting event.

This time around, the new rules and regulations for the Games features a particular focus on political protests. The guidelines for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics prohibits athletes from showing any political displays like armbands or signs, blocking or any gestures of a political nature. Athletes will be required to follow the guidelines during official Olympic ceremonies and while participating in the Games, with the note that “disciplinary action will be taken on a case-by-case basis.”

The IOC Athletes’ Commission notes that the rules and regulations against political protest were created to ensure the Olympic Games focus on athletes’ performances, sport and spread the international unity and harmony of the Olympic Movement. Athletes, however, will be allowed to express their opinions during press conferences and interviews in the mixed zones, in the International Broadcasting Centre or the Main Media Centre, at team meetings and on both digital or traditional media platforms while respecting local laws.

Head over to the official website for the Olympics to catch the new guidelines issued by the IOC Athletes’ Commission in full.

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