After being delayed a year due to he Wuhan CCP virus, the International Olympic Committee has banned all political messaging from the 2021 Tokyo Olympics set to be held from July 23-August 8. In fact, any such displays will be punished, though banal messaging about ‘inclusivity’ will be injected into many things, including the Olympic Oath, so many people are still likely to tune out.
Perhaps, they were worried about protests against the atrocities going on in China.
Do you think the NFL, NBA, or MLB can possibly learn from the IOC going forward?
BREAKING: Taking the knee for Black Lives Matter will be BANNED at Tokyo Olympics as IOC seeks to punish those who choose to make political protestshttps://t.co/eD7LILP7UH
— Peace Promoter Poso (@JackPosobiec) April 22, 2021
Taking a knee during the Tokyo Olympics or lifting a fist in support of racial equality will be punished as the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday maintained its ban on athletes’ protests inside stadiums, at ceremonies and on podiums.
The IOC’s Rule 50 forbids any kind of ‘demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda’ in venues and any other Olympic area and the Games body concluded the rule should be maintained following an athlete consultation.
Against the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement protesting racial injustice, calls have increased in recent months for a change to that rule that would allow athletes to protest.
However, it should be noted that “the majority of athletes consulted were against any protests within the fields of play or the podiums.”
“‘I would not want something to distract from my competition and take away from that. That is how I still feel today,’ Coventry, a former Olympic swimming champion for Zimbabwe, said in a online presentation of the Rule 50 consultation results.
Coventry said there were a series of recommendations approved by the IOC’s Executive Board on Wednesday, including providing clarity on sanctions, more information about Rule 50, a change of wording of the Olympic Oath with messages on inclusion, and producing athlete apparel with inclusive messaging.
When asked, however, if athletes would be punished in Tokyo for making political statements such as taking a knee on the podium in support of racial equality, Coventry said: ‘Yes that is correct.’
…The IOC’s recommendations are the result of a consultation process that started in June 2020 and involved over 3,500 athletes.
Coventry said some 70 per cent of those athletes did not want protests on podiums, ceremonies and fields of play.
The Tokyo Olympics, delayed by a year due to the pandemic, kick off on July 23.”
What do you think, Reader? Will the Olympic games bring the world together authentically and without woke virtue signaling?