Be aware, NFL. The International Olympic Committee won’t permit kneeling, or different types of protest on the Olympic Games starting subsequent month in Tokyo. Athletes won’t be allowed to take part in protests or demonstrations on the sector of play, throughout an official ceremony, or on the podium…and people who do will likely be punished, per a TMZ report.
Kristy Coventry, the IOC’s Athlete’s Commission chief, will seemingly acquire a large quantity of social media supporters throughout the U.S. after saying: “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.”
“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,” continued Coventry.
America’s hottest professional sports activities, (primarily the NFL and NBA), have generally looked the other way when athletes choose to disrespect the flag. But they might be wise to have a look at the IOC’s latest findings referring to such demonstrations. According to TMZ, the IOC spent 11 months consulting with numerous experts and athletes before drawing up its plan. They polled greater than 3,500 elite athletes and Olympians ranging in age from 16 to 55+, and it turned apparent the “majority” are in favor of strict guidelines towards demonstrations.
Specific punishments for violating the foundations towards protests and demonstrations have yet to be decided, however those that select to disrespect their nations (regardless of competing for those self same nations), will endure penalties.