Athletes Participating in 2021 Tokyo Olympics Will Face Punishment for Kneeling or Raising Fist in Protest

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athletes prohibited from protest inside stadium, at ceremonies, or at podiums during the Olympics

Athletes who decide to take a knee or raise their fists in protest at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be punished. (CBS Sports image)

(CBS SPORTS) – Athletes who decide to take a knee or raise their fists in protest at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be punished.

On Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee revealed that the protest ban will be in place when athletes are inside stadiums, at ceremonies, and on podiums.

The IOC’s Rule 50 condemns any form of “demonstration or political, religious, or racial propaganda” in Olympic venues. In addition, the Olympic governing body came to the conclusion that the ban would remain in place following consultation with athletes.

IOC Athletes’ Commission chief Kirsty Coventry recently reviewed the rule and said the majority of athletes consulted were against any form of protests within the Olympic Games.

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