Protests Banned At Tokyo Olympics

At the Tokyo Olympics athletes will NOT be allowed to participate in any protests or demonstrations on the field of play, during an official ceremony, or at the podium.

The International Olympic Committee spent 11 months consulting with various experts and athletes drawing up sanctions.

"A very clear majority of athletes said that they think it's not appropriate to demonstrate or express their views on the field of play, at the official ceremonies or at the podium," IOC Athletes' Commission chief Kirsty Coventry said. "So our recommendation is to preserve the podium, field of play and official ceremonies from any kind of protest or demonstrations or acts perceived as such."

If U.S. athletes want to demonstrate at the Olympics they will do so knowing there will be consequences and repercussions.

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