IOC to stop vetoing images of athletes kneeling in protest


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IOC to stop vetoing images of athletes kneeling in protest

Five women’s soccer teams knelt during the day on Wednesday, but those images were excluded from the official Tokyo 2020 summaries

TOKYO – After images of women in Olympic football kneeling were excluded from highlights with highlights and from their social media channels, the COI announced Thursday that the deepening protests will be shown in the future.

Players from five women’s soccer teams knelt on Wednesday in support of social justice, the first day those protests were allowed in the Olympic Games after a veto that was in force for decades.

The concession under the Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter, which for a long time prohibited all kinds of protests by athletes within venues, was finally approved this month by the International Olympic Committee.

The COI has tried to reconcile rule enforcement while claiming to acknowledge, and at times praise, the iconic image of American sprinters Tommie smith Y John carlos raising his black gloved fists on the podium of the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.

On Wednesday, the selections of Britain Y chili they knelt prior to the kickoff of their match. It was emulated by United States, Sweden and New Zealand. The Australians posed with a flag of indigenous people of the country.

Those images were excluded from the official summary with the highlights of the Tokyo Games that he COI supplied media, such as The Associated Press, that it has no rights to broadcast the games live.

The official channels on official social networks of the Olympic movement also did not include images of the athletes’ activism.

“The COI covers the Games on its platforms that it owns and such moments will be included as well, “the entity said Thursday in an apparent policy change.

The COI He stressed that hundreds of millions of television viewers were able to see the images on the channels that have the official transmission rights and “will be able to use them as they see fit.”

The veto on the protests was lifted three weeks ago when it became clear that several athletes – especially in soccer and athletics – were going to demonstrate during the competition in Japan.

It was not clear whether the COI will broadcast images of an athlete raising a fist at the starting line, like the American sprinter Noah lyles he has done in the 200m races for the last year.

The new regulations allow kneeling or raising the fist prior to competition or presentations, but not at the medal ceremony. The COI sanction the athletes who protest on the podium.

Sports federations still have vetoes. The International Swimming Federation, for example, he warned that his athletes cannot go to the pool and express some kind of gesture that could be interpreted as a protest.


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