According to BBC, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has relaxed rules on the expression of protests by athletes during the Tokyo Olympics.
Participants of the coming Olympics will now have the opportunity to express their views before and after the competition. Still, they will be prohibited from doing this during their events, the award ceremonies, and during their stay at the Olympic Village.
Moreover, athletes will not be allowed to perform gestures directly or indirectly towards specific individuals, countries, and organizations.
However, participants will be able to express their opinion during press conferences and on social networks, as long as they are not related to sports issues.
“The new rules are the result of our long consultations with athletes from all over the world. This was the desire of the vast majority of participants in our global consultation,” said Kirsty Coventry, Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission.
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Edited by Aldo Tong