Almost 52 years after the International Olympic Committee pressured what was the U.S. Olympic Committee into expelling Tommie Smith and John Carlos for raising gloved fists during the national anthem at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Games, the IOC reminded athletes that the organization’s values will remain the same at the 2020 Tokyo Games: no protesting allowed.
In a three-page report released on Thursday, the IOC reiterated Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter which prohibits "demonstrations or political, religious or racial propaganda." The report also specified what kinds of protests weren’t allowed including "gestures of a political nature, like a hand gesture or kneeling" and "displaying any political messaging, including signs or armbands," as well as where these protests could not happen, such as the field of play, the Olympic Village, medal ceremonies and the opening and closing ceremonies.
"We needed clarity and they wanted clarity on the rules," said Kirsty Coventry, chair of the commission that oversaw the new three-page document, told the Associated Press. "The majority of athletes feel it is very important that we respect each other as athletes."
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