TOKYO, Aug 2 (Reuters) – The Worldwide Olympic Committee is wanting into the gesture U.S. athlete Raven Saunders made after the shot put silver medallist raised her arms in an X above her head, a possible breach of guidelines banning protests on medal podiums.
The IOC is in touch with World Athletics, the worldwide governing physique for the game, and america Olympic and Paralympic Committee, IOC spokesman Mark Adams instructed a information convention on Monday.
The IOC final month relaxed its Rule 50, which had forbidden athletes from any protests. It now permits them to make gestures on the sector, supplied they achieve this with out disruption and with respect for fellow rivals.
Nonetheless, the specter of sanctions nonetheless stay if any protests are made on the rostrum through the medal ceremony.
Saunders made the gesture on the rostrum after taking her maiden Video games medal on Sunday.
“Allow them to attempt to take this medal,” Saunders stated in a late evening publish on social media in an obvious reference to the IOC’s guidelines limiting protests.
“I am working throughout the border though I am unable to swim,” she wrote on Twitter, ending the publish with an emoji of a face with tears of laughter.
Her gesture was to assist the downtrodden, she indicated by retweeting an article concerning the motion by information web site theGrio.
“It is the intersection of the place all people who find themselves oppressed meet,” Saunders was quoted within the article as saying.
After successful the medal on Sunday morning, Saunders stated she hoped to continue to inspire and motivate the LGBTQ neighborhood, African People, Black folks all over the world, and people battling psychological well being. She had beforehand spoken about having main points with psychological well being and struggling bouts of despair.
The USATF, the governing physique for monitor and area in america, didn’t instantly reply to request for remark.
The Tokyo Video games has seen its fair proportion of protests with the captain of the German girls’s hockey crew sporting an armband in rainbow colors in solidarity with LGBTQ communities through the crew’s matches.
The Australian girls’s soccer crew unfurled an indigenous flag previous to their opening match and a number of other different girls’s groups took a knee in a sign towards racial inequality.
Costa Rican gymnast Luciana Alvarado raised a fist whereas taking the knee on the finish of her routine, in assist of racial equality.
Reporting by Karolos Grohmann and Sudipto Ganguly; extra reporting by Amy Tennery; Modifying by David Dolan, Shri Navaratnam and Karishma Singh
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